Not many people were expecting Carl Albert sophomore Taylor Hawkins to be the one to ignite a spark.
But in a 1:30 span in the second quarter of the Titans 21-7 win against Bixby in the Class 5A state championship, that's exactly what he did.
Hawkins scored Carl Albert's second touchdown on a hook-and-lateral as quarterback J.T. Realmuto completed a pass to Markell Walker for three yards, who then flipped it to Hawkins for the final 20 yards with 9:09 remaining in the first half.
"We've been working on it against certain defenses and decided to give it a try, and it worked out perfectly," Hawkins said.
Realmuto said the Titans got the idea for the play by watching Bixby film, ironically enough.
On Bixby's ensuing possession, Hawkins had a huge, crowd-inducing "ooh" hit on a tackle and followed that with an interception.
TITANS SECONDARY COMES THROUGH
Coming into the season, it appeared Carl Albert had one of the best defensive backfields in the state.
In the state championship, the group came up huge in leading the Titans to the win.
"We knew coming in that we might be able to make some plays in this one," Walker said. "We had some opportunities, and we made sure we took advantage of it."
Carl Albert had three interceptions. With Bixby driving to tie the game early in the second half, Walker intercepted a pass in the end zone. Hawkins and Tre Porter each picked off a pass as well.
LOWE WATCHES FORMER TEAM
There was a familiar face on the Carl Albert sideline as Oklahoma State freshman Daytawion Lowe was in attendance. Lowe graduated from Carl Albert.
"I had to come over and see this," Lowe said. "I'm always a Titan. I lost the last game of my senior year, but it's great to see these guys win this one."
TITANS STAFF TOUGHS IT OUT
There were a lot of cold people inside Boone Pickens Stadium, but Carl Albert coach Gary Rose wasn't one of them.
Rose and assistant coach Tex Rollins were each wearing shorts in the 30-degree weather.
"I never got cold the entire game until they dumped the ice on me," Rose said.