Sports Sunday Correspondent

CATOOSA — Tulsa Kelley backup quarterback Jordy Albert played like a seasoned veteran and the Comet defense stood strong Friday night, defeating Catoosa, 38-0, in the Indians’ high school football home opener at McNabb Field.

Albert, filling in for the injured Jack Cameron who broke his ring finger on his non-throwing hand last week against Oklahoma City McGuinness, was splendid, completing 18 of 26 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Catoosa could not sustain much offense behind senior quarterback Spencer Hobbs. The Indians were unable to establish a rhythm in the passing game and couldn’t get their ground game working.

It was Catoosa’s defense that kept the contest within reach during the first half. The Indians forced four turnovers, two of those coming while Kelley was in the red zone and on the verge of scoring.

Catoosa junior linebacker Mikey Lunsford recovered a fumble in the end zone after Albert connected with tight end Mark Hayes for 30 yards at 5:43 of the first quarter. Junior defensive back Clay Ratliff then intercepted an Albert pass at the Catoosa 1-yard line at the close of the quarter to keep the Indians in the game.

But the Comets, ranked eighth in Class 5A, didn’t break and were really never threatened. The Kelley defense struck first at 7:38 of the opening quarter when senior linebacker Will Wrona recovered a Justin Duvall fumble and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.

The Comets went up 14-0 in the second quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by tailback Stephen Sherwood, the first of his three rushing touchdowns. He finished with 114 yards on 21 carries.

Catoosa’s offense went three and out four times in the first half. The Indians had just two offensive possessions in which they picked up first downs. They went 19 yards in five plays on their first series, and later put together their best drive of 27 yards in five plays after Kelley went up by two scores.

The Indians had their best opportunity to score with under 5 minutes left before halftime when defensive back Ty Rainey picked off a pass and returned it 7 yards to the Comet 35. But the Kelley defense stiffened as the Indians managed to move just 9 yards and turned the ball over on downs.

The Comets added three points in the third quarter on a 45-yard field goal by Cameron Craig, and found the end zone three times in the fourth quarter.

Sherwood had a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs, and Albert hooked up with wide receiver Tate Byers for a 37-yard TD.

The Indians, 1-2, finished with 103 total yards of offense. Hobbs completed 7 of 15 passes for 44 yards, and freshman running back Cole Scheullen had 36 yards on eight carries. Catoosa managed just 59 yards on the ground on 32 attempts. Senior running back Justin Duvall was limited to 15 yards on nine carries.

Albert completed passes to five different receivers. Andy McMillan had a game-high seven catches for 57 yards, and Hayes had four grabs for 63 yards.

Kelley finished with 319 total yards, 309 of those coming from Albert and Sherwood.

Kelley 38, Catoosa 0

Kelley 7 7 3 21 — 38

Catoosa 0 0 0 0 — 0

Kelley — Wrona 58 fumble return (Craig kick)

Kelley — Sherwood 4 run (Craig kick)

Kelley — FG, Craig 45

Kelley — Sherwood 4 run (Craig kick)

Kelley — Sherwood 4 run (Craig kick)

Kelley — Byers 37 pass from Albert (Craig kick)

Individual Statistics


Rushing — Sherwood 21-114-3 TD Albert 8-11, Craig 1-0, O’Brien 2-1.

Passing — Albert 18-26-195 2 int.

Receiving — McMillan 7-57, Hayes 4-63, Jordan 4-15, Byers 1-37.


Rushing — Scheullen 8-36, Duvall 9-15, Delk 4-9, Morgan 1-2, Hobbs 10-(minus 3).

Passing — Hobbs 7-15-44 1 int, Morgan 0-1-0.

Receiving — Walker 2-21, Reimer 2-15, Robertson 2-11, Whiteley 1-(minus 3).

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