Oklahoma Class 5A football: How Carl Albert and McGuinness match up in state final
No. 1 Carl Albert Titans (10-1) vs. No. 2 McGuinness Fighting Irish (10-2)
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N University Dr, Edmond
Live streaming: Available via the NFHS Network
Carl Albert: Mike Corley (4th season)
McGuinness: Bryan Pierce (3rd season)
How they got here
Carl Albert: 49-14 against Ardmore, 36-20 against Tulsa Kelley, 45-28 against Collinsville
McGuinness: 41-21 against Duncan, 39-12 against Coweta, 28-21 against McAlester
All-time record: Carl Albert leads, 13-6
Previous meeting: Carl Albert beat McGuinness, 56-35, in 2020 district play
State championship history
Carl Albert: 15 state titles in 16 appearances, last appearance in 2019
McGuinness: Two state titles in six appearances, last appearance in 2019
Player to watch
Carl Albert: Kentrell Bizzell, Jr., RB/LB. Bizzell has emerged as the Titans’ bell cow. He’s a powerful running back who can run through or past defenders. He’s a dominant linebacker who isn’t afraid to make a big hit, and he always finds himself in the right spot.
McGuinness: Luke Tarman, Sr., QB. Tarman has arguably been the state’s best quarterback this season, and there’s no doubt he’s the key for McGuinness to end Carl Albert’s streak. His throwing ability is improved, but his rushing is what makes him so dangerous when he takes the snap.
Carl Albert: Contain Luke Tarman. If McGuinness’ quarterback can get loose and avoid tacklers, the Titans could be in trouble. Corley said keeping Tarman in the pocket while not allowing him to scramble is pivotal for Carl Albert.
McGuinness: Get lined up defensively. It may sound simple, but Carl Albert’s offense often has players moving across the formation presnap, which can get the defense out of position. Pierce said the Fighting Irish need to be conscious of being in the right position every play.
Cameron Jourdan, Staff writer
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