MIDWEST CITY — After playing in sub-freezing weather last week in a 34-7 win over Tulsa Edison, the 10th-ranked Claremore football team got a much nicer evening for Friday’s 5A quarterfinal game at No. 1 Carl Albert.
But the weather was the best part of the night for the Zebras as the Titans made it 34 straight wins with a 42-6 victory.
Carl Albert needed just one play to take the lead as Dadrion Taylor ran 56 yards for a 7-0 lead on the Titans opening snap.
And just like that, the Zebras were in the hole.
After a Claremore three-and-out on its next possession, another one-play drive by the Titans, this time a 49-yard touchdown pass from Ben Harris to Jayveion Traylor, made it 14-0 with 7:49 left in the first.
The Zebras finally got some offense going and marched the field into the red zone, but settled for a field goal attempt, which was no good.
It took more than one play for the Titans after the missed field goal, but they still extended their lead with an 80-yard drive capped by a 15-yard pass from Harris to A.J. Davis to make it 21-0.
Claremore moved the ball again to the Carl Albert 31, but turned it over on down. The Titans then made it four touchdowns on four possessions as Taylor scored from the 7 on their next drive with 4:30 left in the first half. It was now 28-0 and also at halftime.
Carl Albert made it five straight scoring drives as they opened the third quarter with a Taylor 11-yard run with 7:09 left in the quarter. The Titans led 35-0.
Finally, a trick play got the Zebras on the board with a double-reverse pass.
Dylan Kedzior took the ball on a reverse, flipped it to Quentin Skinner who then threw it to Matt Wofford for a 35-yard TD. The kick failed and it was 35-6.
Claremore got the ball back after forcing the first Titan punt of the game, but an interception set up another Carl Albert score, a 1-yard run by Taylor, his fourth of the game. Carl Albert led 42-6 near the end of the third.
Claremore could have folded its tent, but moved the ball back inside the Titan 25. A halfback pass on fourth down fell incomplete, and turned the ball over on downs at the 10 minute mark.
Carl Albert then began milking the clock and ran out all but 9.9 seconds, not giving the Zebras a chance to cut into the lead.
The Zebras end the season with a 7-5 record. They finished third in the district and made it to the second round of the playoffs in back to back seasons.
Carl Albert improved to 12-0 and will take on undefeated Collinsville in the semifinals.