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October 26, 2013

Jenks downs Roughers in final meeting

JENKS – The door closed on a 36-edition, once-great rivalry here Friday night, and Jenks got away with the booty, and more.

Trojans running back Cameron Booty scored three first-quarter touchdowns before going to the bench with 113 yards on 11 carries – all in the opening 12 minutes. That ground success – and Muskogee’s lack of offense – bookended this matchup’s final foreseeable chapter as the top-ranked Class 6A team rolled to a 49-14 win at Hunter-Dwelley Stadium.

What Booty did, others would follow suit doing. Backup Kalen McDonald added a pair of scores in the second quarter on runs to make it 35-0 at the half. From even further down the bench, Darwin Thompson added a pair of short TD runs in the third quarter for a 49-0 lead with still 5:57 on the third quarter clock.

McDavid had a more modest 81 yards on six carries, and Thompson had 67 yards on 13 rushes. For the night, the Trojans, with subs all over the field as the second half wore on, had 321 yards rushing from scrimmage. Muskogee, by comparison, had 9 on 21 carries.

That Jenks defense said to be the greatest since the illustrious Rocky Calmus-led 1997 team held the Roughers to 136 total yards, and some of that was with subs defending in the second half.

“We’re not exactly lighting the world on fire so it’s hard to use us as a barometer,” said Muskogee coach Josh Blankenship, who earlier in this week said he’d hold judgement on that question for live action after viewing his share of film. He quarterbacked Union against that 1997 unit.

“But they’re very good. Certainly, they have all the pieces.”

Well, one was missing. Their top linebacker, Trent Taber, was held out with a fractured wrist. He had it in a cast and could have played but the coaching staff made the decision that it wasn’t necessary.

At one point in the first half, Blankenship gambled in a fourth-and-1 from the Muskogee 29. On a quarterback keeper, Quintahj Cherry was stopped cold by 293-pound D-1 prospect Marquise Overton at the line of scrimmage.  Five plays later, Booty scored his third and final TD on his final carry.

“It’s not like we were stopping them,” Blankenship said. “If I can get three more downs on offense and keep my defense off the field, I’m going to do it. It’s not at that point like a game-changing decision.”

If not for a huge hand from the Roughers defense and a botched punt which took 41 yards away from the actual rushing total, this rival to the Calmus group would have pitched a shutout.

And Tramal Ivy was a big reason for that.

Playing at middle linebacker instead of free safety to fill in for the injured Ty Beasley, Ivy’s sack and strip of Jenks backup quarterback Scott Gilkey caused the ball the bounce into the hands of Tavian Davis, who broke up the shutout bid with a 45-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left in the third.

A terrible snap on a punt that sailed over the Trojan punter’s head in the fourth was chased down by Jy’Reece Vanhook at the 11. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Cherry (13-of-19, 106 yards, two interceptions) found a wide open Anthony King in the flat for the final 4 yards, making it a 49-14 game with 11:55 to play.

Ivy also played a key defensive role in preventing what might have been a 98-yard TD drive in the final 2 minutes from becoming reality.  Chase Soper made amends for a rushed punt of 4 yards with a 59-yarder to pin the Trojans near their goal line. Starting quarterback Cooper Nunley, who didn’t need to throw the ball, decided to in a two-minute drill and a couple of completions had the Trojans past midfield at the Muskogee 32. But Ivy came up with a sack for a loss of nine and on the very next play, a QB pressure that helped run the clock down to the half.

“I don’t want to take any credit for his performance but I was in his ear this week about great players playing great games against teams like this,” Blankenship said. “I played on a couple of bad teams at Tulsa and yet the best players would show up against the bigger and better opponents like Oklahoma State and Texas A&M and that’s what those players due regardless of what your record is.

“I was hopeful he’d do that and he showed why the prospect he is.”

Ivy was satisfied, in that regard.

“He told me big players who think they’re good players have a chip on their shoulders in games like this, going against the No. 1 team and wanting to prove something,” Ivy said. “For me, I think I did. It’s a good memory, a good game against them the last time we play ‘em.”

Muskogee fell to 1-7, 1-4 in District 6A-2. Jenks went to 8-0 and 5-0 on their way to another district title, possible playoff berth and next year, apart from Muskogee in the new 6A Division I for the 16 larger schools in the classification.

The Roughers finish the year at home against Putnam City next Friday and Bixby the following week.

Jenks left with a 31-4 edge in the series, with 23 straight wins.

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