Carl Albert plans to rely on the run game

Carl Albert coach Gary Rose doesn't try to hide his game plan. The Titans are going to run the ball. And if you don't stop it, they'll run some more.
by Scott Wright Published: August 30, 2013
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photo - CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME / CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: Carl Albert's Chantz Woodberry (80) kisses the trophy while celebrating the win over East Central during the Class 5A Oklahoma state championship football game between Carl Albert High School and Tulsa East Central High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME / CELEBRATE / CELEBRATION: Carl Albert's Chantz Woodberry (80) kisses the trophy while celebrating the win over East Central during the Class 5A Oklahoma state championship football game between Carl Albert High School and Tulsa East Central High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

— Carl Albert coach Gary Rose doesn't try to hide his game plan. The Titans are going to run the ball. And if you don't stop it, they'll run some more.

“If they stop that, hopefully we can throw it. But we're going to run it first,” said Rose, who led one of the top turnarounds in state football history last season, taking a team that started 1-5 to the Class 5A state title.

Quarterback Stevie Thompson is at the heart of the Titans' offensive plans. The Oklahoman's All-State quarterback selection last season, Thompson was a workhorse, averaging about 30 carries per game as Carl Albert won its final eight games.

Thompson rushed for 1,926 yards and 36 touchdowns on 289 carries, while throwing for 1,395 yards with seven touchdowns.

With receiving options like 6-foot-6 tight end Trenton Ball and athletic wideout Dillon Lohr, the Titans will likely look to throw a little more regularly this season.

But they're also shifting 230-pound former tight end Chantz Woodberry to running back, providing a power option alongside the more elusive Thompson.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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