Class 5A final: J.T. Realmuto leads Carl Albert to championship

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: December 6, 2009 at 12:16 am •  Published: December 6, 2009

Tre Porter heaved his helmet into the air.

Kenton Whittington, Kyle Croak and Anthony Frazier fell to their knees.

They were all celebrating the same thing, though — Carl Albert's 10th state football championship.

The Titans beat Bixby 21-7 in front of around 6,000 at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday afternoon, riding the back of senior quarterback J.T. Realmuto to yet another state championship.

"Where's the gold ball, baby?" Carl Albert junior running back Kenton Whittington yelled after the initial celebration calmed down and shortly after, Titans coach Gary Rose hoisted yet another gold ball.

"It never gets old," Rose said. "Every one of them is special."

Carl Albert won this state title they way they'd won the other nine—by fighting through early season adversity but turning things on in the playoffs.

The Titans lost to Tulsa Washington to start the season and to Shawnee mid-season but a combination of a stout defense and a gritty offense positioned the Titans for a championship.

None of Carl Albert's championship teams have finished undefeated.

"We're not always the best in Week 1 and maybe not even by Week 5 but we're always right there during the playoffs," Realmuto said. "That says a lot about our coaching staff."

For Realmuto, it was a fitting cap to a career that's led him to become the top career passer in school history.

He threw just 14 times against Bixby but completed some critical throws, including a 21-yard pass to Markell Walker on fourth and 15 early in the fourth quarter that set up his second touchdown run of the game.

"I feel like I've got the easy job," Realmuto said. "The offensive linemen have the hard job."



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