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Oklahoma Class 5A football: How Carl Albert and McGuinness match up in state final

Carl Albert's Kentrell Bizzell gets by McGuinness' Adam Wheeler during the Titans' 56-35 win on Oct. 9 in Midwest City. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Carl Albert's Kentrell Bizzell gets by McGuinness' Adam Wheeler during the Titans' 56-35 win on Oct. 9 in Midwest City. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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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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 ›