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Class 5A: Steven Thompson's emergence at QB sparked Carl Albert

Steven Thompson's emergence as the Titans' top playmaker, leader and workhorse has paved Carl Albert's way to Saturday night's Class 5A championship game, where the Titans will face Tulsa East Central.
by Scott Wright Published: November 30, 2012

He has also been valuable on defense, with four interceptions while helping to solidify a secondary that was shaky early in the season.

But offense is where his true value lies. Thompson has rushed for 1,737 yards and 33 touchdowns this season, and thrown for another 1,388 and seven scores.

But he really picked it up in the playoffs. His worst — if you can call it that — postseason performance was rushing for 189 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries in the 28-21 win over Del City in the first round.

“He's just a workhorse,” senior lineman Caleb Holland said. “He's real unselfish, just a different kind of kid. He's so shifty and athletic, it's hard for people to bring him down.”

Most importantly, he quickly earned the respect of his teammates.

“Stevie's come a long way, becoming a leader for us,” senior Kyler Walker said. “Nobody really knew who he was last year as the backup quarterback. He's always the guy in the huddle, taking control of the team, and we're glad to be a part of it when he's making plays like he does.”

by Scott Wright
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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