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Oklahoma high school football: Carl Albert’s running game paces Titans past Piedmont

Carl Albert's Kentrell Bizzell gets by Piedmont's Caden Hendren during a 35-7 win Saturday afternoon in Piedmont. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Carl Albert's Kentrell Bizzell gets by Piedmont's Caden Hendren during a 35-7 win Saturday afternoon in Piedmont. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

PIEDMONT — Kentrell Bizzell took the snap before scanning the field to his left.

He slowly started moving forward, waiting for a hole to open. He saw a small window, pushed hard off his left foot and cut toward the end zone.

A Piedmont tackler tried to meet him in the hole, but Carl Albert’s junior running back pushed him aside before scampering into the end zone.

Class 5A top-ranked Carl Albert took advantage of No. 3 Piedmont’s two third-quarter turnovers, pulling away for a 42-7 victory on Saturday at F&M Bank Stadium. Bizzell’s early third-quarter score came after the Wildcats’ first fumble. On the second one, senior Javion Hunt scooped it and stepped into the end zone only a minute later.

“I wouldn’t want to have to defend our guys,” Carl Albert coach Mike Corley said.

Bizzell had the fumble recovery before his second of three touchdowns. He, Hunt and senior quarterback Ben Harris were seemingly unstoppable running the ball on a blustery afternoon, accounting for all six touchdowns.

Hunt had 12 carries for 93 yards with two touchdowns. Bizzell finished with 15 carries for 199 yards and three scores. Harris, who only rushed for 121 yards in Carl Albert’s first five games, ran for 97 yards on seven carries with one touchdown.

“I read one side, and we had pullers that blocked up well,” Harris said. “I had a whole lot of space.”

Piedmont (3-2, 1-1 District 5A-2) blocked a field goal on Carl Albert’s last possession of the first half and had an opportunity to tie the game. The Wildcats got into field goal range but missed the kick.

To begin the second half, Piedmont marched down the field but fumbled. Bizzell recovered for Carl Albert (5-1, 3-0). The Titans never looked back.

The Titans have back-to-back ranked wins after a loss against Bixby in Week 5. It was only the second loss during Harris’ tenure as starting quarterback (46-2) and the second for Corley as head coach.

Yet that loss has brought out another version of Carl Albert. One that looks like a team that could win its fifth straight title this season.

“Competition makes you better,” Corley said. “You’ve got to go compete against Bixby and those people, and you’re going to get better.”

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›