By Jacob Sturm
Midwest City Beacon
Waves of fans had plenty to cheer about when Carl Albert faced off with Collinsville on Friday night with a trip to the 5A Semifinals on the line.
In a 52-14 rout, Carl Albert took care of business. That started early, when Kevin Sperry Jr connected with Christian Oku for a 43-yard touchdown pass on the opening Titans’ offensive series before following it up with an untouched 21-yard rushing touchdown of his own at the halfway point of the first quarter.
Oku finished the night with a few more catches totaling 81 yards, serving as the top producing wide receiver for Carl Albert on the night.
“Christian, he’s a guy that’s always ready to go,” Dunn said. “He’s a guy that plays on both sides of the ball… We’re not worried when Christian’s on the field. We’ve got a lot of really good skilled players, and so Christian’s a guy that’s been patiently waiting his turn… He did a great job of catching the ball tonight. I mean, there was some hard catches that he had to make, and then making the guy miss on the first touchdown there, and the play that he made there, that was big time.”
The Titans also didn’t hesitate to spread the wealth around. Sperry completed passes to Trynae Washington, Trystan Haynes, Byron Stubbs, Marcus James and Caden Davis with the latter coming down with an 18-yard touchdown just before halftime.
Davis also made multiple plays on defense before snagging the touchdown.
“That play call was actually for him (Xavier Robinson),” Davis said. “He took a little breather, and the play call was for him but I just so happened to be in there. It worked out pretty well.”
Davis credited Robinson for helping keep him in the loop and ready to step in for plays like the touchdown catch Friday night.
When the opportunity presented itself, the execution was precise enough to please Dunn.
“I thought it was overshot, and not at all,” Dunn said. “Kevin put it in a place where only our guy could catch it, and (Davis) went and got it.”
Dunn also gave credit to the defensive intensity the Titans put on display, saying the unit played on fire. The result was nearly a shutout, with Collinsville scoring both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the game put out of reach.
That made closing out a quarterfinal that much easier, and gave everyone in the stands ample opportunity to cheer and enjoy the performance.
“I felt like the preparation was great throughout the week, and we came out for today’s game and we executed very well offensively and defensively,” Robinson said. “So, I think guys and our coaches, we did a good job. We handled our role on both sides. It went good and smooth.”
Carl Albert faces Bishop McGuinness this Friday at 7 p.m. in Noble.