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November 22, 2013

Buffs take down Titans, reach Semis

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Two passes to Caden Pratt moved McAlester to the 21, then Smith covered the rest in two plays, diving into the end zone to make it 14-0 Buffs with 6:03 left in the first. Smith rushed for 182 yards and looked especially dangerous running sweeps around the defensive line.

“They’ve probably watched film and seen how many times I’ve just banged it up inside and would be able to get it vertical upfield,” Smith said.

“I’ve been keeping track of how much I’ve been doing it and just tried to work the edge a little bit more tonight because I knew they were going to be playing the cutback.”

Taeam Kang added a 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth to make it 52-6 with 6:50 left in the game, at which point the Buffs subbed in their junior varsity.

Despite facing a larger Carl Albert team, the Buffs’ defense still played a more physical style of football, winning battles at the line of scrimmage and allowing very few long-yardage plays. This led to seven tackles behind the line by the Buffs, two sacks and fourth-down stops on the Titans’ first two drives of the game.

“We really, really felt like we had one of the best weeks of practices that we’ve had in quite some time,” Coach Pratt said.

“I thought our coaching staff did a phenomenal job of putting a game-plan together that was easier for the kids to understand.”

With the win, McAlester improved to 11-1. Carl Albert finished 9-3.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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