Prep football: Getting second chance

BY RYAN ABER Published: November 30, 2008
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photo - Cxarl Albert’s David Oku, right, exploded for 326 yards and four touchdowns against Lawton Mac on Saturday in the Class 5A state semifinal game.Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Cxarl Albert’s David Oku, right, exploded for 326 yards and four touchdowns against Lawton Mac on Saturday in the Class 5A state semifinal game.Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
NORMAN — Carl Albert got its rematch.

After beating Lawton MacArthur 47-14 Saturday afternoon at Harve Collins Field, the Titans will meet Tulsa Washington next week in the Class 5A state championship football game.

The site and time for that game will be announced today by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The game will likely be played in either the Tulsa area or Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

Tulsa Washington beat the Titans 40-7 to start the season, but that was a different Carl Albert team. The Titans were experimenting with the spread offense in the first game. A week later, they abandoned that, went back to the I formation, and have won 12 consecutive games since.

"This is our big chance to show we’re not the same team we were in week one,” Carl Albert’s Daytawion Lowe said. "We’ve always had that in the back of our minds that we wanted another shot at them.”

The return to the I was, in large part, to get the ball to running back David Oku more often.

That’s exactly what the Titans did against Lawton Mac, as Oku carried 38 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

It was a tough start for Oku, though, as he fumbled twice in the first quarter.

"You’ve got to stick with it,” Lowe said. "Everybody makes mistakes. You’ve just got to work through them.”

And Oku came through just fine, with runs of 29, 43, 21 and 63 yards. His longest came on his final carry of the day, a fourth-quarter touchdown.


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