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Oklahoma high school football: Carl Albert rushes back in second half to defeat Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY -- Kentrell Bizzell trotted back into the locker room facing an unfamiliar scenario against city rival Midwest City. 

He, along with Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert, was losing. 

Although Class 6A-II No. 7 Midwest City holds more wins in the head-to-head matchup, Bizzell, a junior running back, had never lost to the Bombers. And he made sure it wouldn’t happen on Friday night in Carl Albert’s season-opener. 

When Bizzell stepped back onto the field in the second half, he was determined to turn the game around. 

“Alright, it’s time to go,” he said. 

Bizzell began his dominance midway through the third quarter. 

Standing 26-yards out from the end zone, he took the handoff and shot through the hole and ran for the score. It was the first of two touchdowns for him as he helped lead Carl Albert back for a 41-26 win over Midwest City at Gary Rose Stadium. 

“I just had to follow my blocks, it started with the O-line,” Bizzell said. “And then Javion [Hunt], he got the perfect kick out and it was just wide open grass.” 

After Bizzell’s score, the momentum shifted in Carl Albert’s favor. The next defensive possession, saw Dondi King intercept a pass and run it over 40 yards back to the endzone. Senior quarterback Ben Harris then threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to William Batts to give the Titans three unanswered scores that inevitably put the game out of reach. 

The second-half surge from Carl Albert, impressed coach Mike Corley. 

“I’m really proud of these guys," he said. "They came out in the second half and [the] defense made some plays, got a 3-and-out, got the big pick-six, got another three-and-out and I thought offensively our tailbacks, our running backs and our O-line just took over the game. That was impressive.”

Hunt, the senior running back and Arkansas commit, was a force in Carl Albert’s comeback win as he set the tone running the ball in the first half. He finished with 21 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown. 

But it was Bizzell, his running mate, who carried most of the workload in the second half. And it was more than noticeable as he rushed on every play of Carl Albert’s final scoring drive. Bizzell took the ball 69 yards down the field with seven carries before scoring from two yards out on his final run. 

“We got two really good running backs, two of the best in the state in my opinion,” Corley said. “They’re both strong, they’re both physical, they both got good speed and they’re both really good kids. They work at it, they do the right thing and they like playing football.”



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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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