"Usually after I fumble, I’m down and out,” Oku said. "My teammates lifted me up through adversity, though.
"I’m just happy with the win, though.”
The Titans defense slowed Javon Harris, an Oklahoma commit. Harris carried 17 times for 109 yards but only had 27 in the first half.
Carl Albert also intercepted quarterback Ryan John four times and sacked him three times.
"The front four got pressure on him and forced him to rush throws, and the secondary did their jobs in coverage and gave us enough time to get back there,” Titans defensive lineman Christian Smith said.
Carl Albert trailed after one possession, when the Highlanders drove down the field on 12 plays to take the lead.
After that, the Titans’ defense clamped down and didn’t allow another score until Carl Albert had scored 33 points.
"We weren’t locked in,” Smith said. "We didn’t come out the way we should’ve.”
And now Carl Albert gets another crack at Tulsa Washington, which embarrassed the Titans in Tulsa to start the season.
More importantly for Carl Albert, though, it means they have a shot at a 10th state football title.
"That’s what we’re supposed to do at our school,” Oku said. "Win championships.
"At our school, tradition is finishing.”