By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Carl Albert continued its early season success Friday night with a 56-14 win at Elk City.
Senior running back Xavier Robinson ran for five touchdowns and junior quarterback Kevin Sperry had two touchdown passes in the non-district game. The Titan defense recovered three fumbles in the game.
“We were really efficient in all three phases again, if you’re going to be a championship football team you need to play like that,” said Carl Albert coach Mike Dunn, during a postgame interview with Oklahoma Sports Network. “I think our kids are getting better and better there and understand the importance of all.”
The Titans got on the board early when Robinson took a direct snap for a six-yard touchdown with 8:14 to play in the first quarter.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Carl Albert. Two plays later, Elk City tied the game. Quarterback Logan Webb hit Reece Burton down the right sidelines for a 74-yard touchdown, making it a 7-7 score.
“We felt like we could go and jump on them fast. They kind of punched us in the mouth there early and I’m glad we responded. That was great play design by them on the wheel route,” Dunn said.
Carl Albert responded with five consecutive scores in the first half.
Sperry found Trystan Haynes for a 54-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead. Robinson ran for his second score, breaking free for 16 yards on the left end to make it a 21-7 score after one.
Haynes also had a 70-yard punt return called back in the final seconds of the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Noah Darnell took a screen pass near midfield and blazed past defenders for a 64-yard score. Robinson found the end zone two more times before the half on runs of 13 and 5 yards.
Carl Albert led 35-7 at halftime.
The Titans maintained control in the second half. Robinson and freshman Delijah Matthews each ran for a score in the third quarter.
Elk City added one more score late in the third. A big kick return gave Elk City the ball on the Titan 33. Tucker Garza later scored on a 25-yard run with 1:59 left in the third for a 56-14 score.
Ethan Spiwak was a perfect 8 for 8 on extra points.
Carl Albert is home Friday night against Lawton Eisenhower (3-1) for homecoming and the district opener. The Eagles are coming off back-to-back wins against Altus and Lawton.