Oklahoma high school football: Carl Albert scores 42 unanswered points to beat Bishop McGuinness 56-35
MIDWEST CITY — Ben Harris decided to do it himself.
The Carl Albert quarterback took the snap and darted to his left. On the run-option play, he had the opportunity to pitch it to his running back, who was sprinting beside him. Instead, Harris cut upfield. He made two defenders miss with a move to his right and then stumbled in for the score.
He stood up and strutted towards the back of the endzone after the monumental touchdown.
After falling behind by three touchdowns just before the half, Carl Albert stormed back for a 56-35 win over Bishop McGuinness at Gary Rose Stadium on Friday night. Harris’ 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Titans their first lead since the first quarter.
“I don’t get to run the ball that much so when I get a chance to run it means a lot, especially when I get in the endzone,” Harris said. “When I scored it was perfectly executed. The line made a perfect hole for me.”
The senior quarterback not only ran for the go-ahead score, he also threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns on 18 of 27 passes. He was the igniter for Carl Albert’s offense in the second half.
“We struggled in the first half, came back in the second half and scored 35 unanswered points, I mean that’s huge,” Harris said. “The line did a perfect job. Receiver’s made good plays, ran good routes, we were executing on all phases.”
In all, Carl Albert scored 42 unanswered points in the comeback victory. Carl Albert coach Mike Corley gave the Titans one message at halftime to spark the run.
“You can not play this game without emotion,” Corley said. “You can’t play those guys or anybody without emotion. You sure can’t play a good team without emotion and we did that in the first half.
“Second half we challenged them to come back and play like Titans with emotion and fly around and they did a much better job. They responded, I’m really proud of them for doing that.”
Bishop McGuinness’ Luke Tarman played a major role in the Fighting Irish’s fast start. The junior was responsible for all five of McGuinness' touchdowns. He threw three touchdowns and ran for two.
But after Carl Albert made adjustments in the second half, the McGuinness offense was no longer able to string together effective plays.
“Second half was a different team,” Corley said about Carl Albert. “That was the Titans.”