MIDWEST CITY — Stevie Thompson did what Stevie Thompson does, and the Carl Albert defense took care of the rest.
Thompson, the third-ranked Titans' quarterback, rushed 31 times for 238 yards with three touchdowns, and threw a touchdown pass as Carl Albert knocked off rival Del City 34-12 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday night.
The Titan defense allowed only 260 yards and scored a momentum-swinging touchdown in the second quarter when Del City led 6-0.
The game was called with 3:38 remaining after players' tempers began to heat up on the field. There was no fighting, but the officials and head coaches from both teams felt strongly enough about the tense situation to call the game early.
“It was a mutual decision to end the game,” Carl Albert coach Gary Rose said, declining to discuss the situation further.
Del City coach Nick Warehime could not be reached for comment. He spoke with referees, and shook hands with some Carl Albert coaches and players before taking his team to the locker room.
It was a strange end to an otherwise impressive performance from Carl Albert, which dominated the second half.
Del City was able to hit a couple of big plays, but a kickoff return touchdown produced the Eagles' only points of the second half.
“It was a matter of, ‘OK, they got that, now we gotta come back,” said defensive end Corey Zangari, who recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Titans' first points of the game. “Just because we gave up a big play, it didn't mean we were gonna let down and not fight back.”