Carl Al­bert shuts out ri­val Guthrie

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Ja­cob Un­ruh jun­ruh@ ok­la­homan.com STAFF WRITER SEE TI­TANS, 5B

GUTHRIE — Carl Al­bert ju­nior de­fen­sive end Alphonse Joseph had never ex­pe­ri­enced a ri­valry quite like Fri­day night.

A move-in from Day­ton, Ohio, he had heard about the Ti­tans’ bat­tles with Guthrie, es­pe­cially in famed Jelsma Sta­dium. He only wanted to be part of the lore.

And he and the rest of the de­fen­sive line cer­tainly found a place in the ri­valry’s his­tory.

No. 1-ranked Carl Al­bert shut out No. 6 Guthrie 21-0 in front of a full house at The Rock to move on step closer to a Dis­trict 5A-2 ti­tle.

“Com­ing from Ohio, it’s dif­fer­ent,” Joseph said. “See­ing peo­ple here work­ing hard and see­ing true fam­ily out here is mak­ing me feel like I’m

one of the brothers here. We move as one.”

Carl Al­bert (7-0, 4-0) held Guthrie (6-1, 3-1) to just 78 to­tal yards and forced two turnovers.

The clos­est the Blue­jays came to scor­ing was a missed 47-yard field goal late in the fourth quar­ter.

The Ti­tans, with 11 new de­fen­sive starters, have al­lowed just 10 points in dis­trict play and none in the last two games.

“Re­ally proud of our de­fense,” Carl Al­bert coach Mike Cor­ley said. “They showed up and they just flat got af­ter it. They’ve got some good play­ers on their de­fense, and our de­fense re­ally showed up and played lights out. To shut them out is a re­ally big deal.”

Carl Al­bert’s de­fen­sive front four, in­clud­ing Joseph, hounded Guthrie quar­ter­back Jack­son Wad­dell all night. He com­pleted just 3 of 12 passes for 9 yards, throw­ing two first-half in­ter­cep­tions to Reise Col­lier and Rico Wind­ham.

Wad­dell also rushed for 53 of the Blue­jays’ 69 rush­ing yards.

“In a big game and emo­tional game for our school, them com­ing out and shut­ting them out was un­be­liev­able,” Carl Al­bert star run­ning back Dadrion Tay­lor said. “They’re just get­ting bet­ter. You all haven’t even seen any­thing yet. We’re just get­ting bet­ter.”

Tay­lor played his first full game since a Week 1 knee in­jury and only got stronger through­out the game. He rushed for 116 yards on 28 car­ries and a touch­down, a 1-yard dive from the wild­cat for­ma­tion with 10:29 re­main­ing.

In the first half, he rushed for just 33 yards as he hes­i­tated on his knee.

But quar­ter­back Ben Har­ris threw two touch­down passes to An­thony Davis, a move-in from Tulsa Union.

Har­ris fin­ished 10 for 27 for 154 yards. Davis caught three passes for 75 yards.

But it was the de­fense that truly shined.

“I feel like we did good,” Joseph said.


Carl Al­bert’s An­thony Davis cel­e­brates af­ter catch­ing a touch­down pass dur­ing Fri­day’s game with Guthrie in Guthrie. Carl Al­bert won, 21-0.


Guthrie’s CJ Ward tries to get past Carl Al­bert’s Ezra Gustafa­son dur­ing Fri­day’s game in Guthrie.

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