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High school football: Here come the Titans; Carl Albert upends Del City

Traditional power Carl Albert struggled during the regular season, but it opens the Class 5A playoffs by shocking No. 6-ranked Del City, 28-21
by Ryan Aber Published: November 9, 2012
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/articleid/3727451/1/pictures/1880866">Photo - Carl Albert quarterback Toney Caleb makes a long gain chased by Del City Eagles Players Bryson Parker, left, and Shawn Epps in Class 5A, first round, playoff action in high school football on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Del City, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Carl Albert quarterback Toney Caleb makes a long gain chased by Del City Eagles Players Bryson Parker, left, and Shawn Epps in Class 5A, first round, playoff action in high school football on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Del City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

But less than six minutes later, Del City had cut the lead to a touchdown and the Eagles defense was holding strong.

That's when Carl Albert turned in its most important drive of the night, even though it resulted in no points.

The Titans took more than nine minutes off the clock with a 16-play drive that featured 10 carries by Thompson.

The most critical play was Thompson's two-yard gain on fourth-and-1 that kept the drive alive for the final five plays.

“That was an amazing drive,” Thompson said.

Del City drove the ball to the Carl Albert 11 before the Titans defense came up with two big stops before intercepting John McBride's pass in the end zone to all but seal it with less than four minutes remaining.

Carl Albert was without one of its best lineman, Caleb Holland, who was held out with a medical issue.

That left the Titans scrambling, moving Kyler Walker to the other side and plugging Anthony Woods at right tackle.

“They did a great job for us up there tonight, especially considering what we were missing,” Rose said.

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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