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High school football: Deer Creek gets big win over Carl Albert

Friday, No. 4 Deer Creek kept its name in the discussion of the top teams in the class by dominating defensively, especially in the second half, and doing enough offensively to hold off the Titans and improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in District 5A-1.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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photo - Carl Alber's Caleb Toney rushes up field as Deer Creek's Alec James looks to make a tackle during the high school football game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Deer Creek High School, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Carl Alber's Caleb Toney rushes up field as Deer Creek's Alec James looks to make a tackle during the high school football game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Deer Creek High School, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

One of the phrases Deer Creek coach Grant Gower preaches to his team is “Believe and Finish.”

The Antlers did both Friday night at home, getting over the hurdle of beating one of the most tradition-rich teams in Class 5A, downing Carl Albert 21-7.

“When you see it come to fruition, that's what kind of validates all of the work you've been putting in,” Gower said. “Our young men believed that and made the next step tonight. I'm so proud of them.”

Deer Creek entered district play the last two years believing it could hang with the top teams in its district — Carl Albert and Guthrie. But those hopes were quickly dashed, losing by 24 or more points in each of those four games.

Friday, though, No. 4 Deer Creek kept its name in the discussion of the top teams in the class by dominating defensively, especially in the second half, and doing enough offensively to hold off the Titans and improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in District 5A-1.

“We knew we could do it all along but we had to prove it,” quarterback Joel Blumenthal said. “Respect is earned, not given, and we had to go out and earn it.”

After eighth-ranked Carl Albert (1-3) struck early to take the lead, Deer Creek's defense clamped down and virtually shut down the Titans' offense.

“They were phenomenal,” Deer Creek receiver Jared Rayburn said. “Everybody had to do our jobs to be able to pull this one off.”

The Antlers took the lead in the third quarter on Rayburn's 34-yard touchdown reception from Blumenthal, who checked into the play after reading the Titans' coverage.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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