Ever since that 28-3 loss to Jenks back on Oct. 6, a question lingered with the Muskogee Roughers.
Are they good enough to beat the Trojans? MHS didn’t get to find out that night as quarterback Rell Lewis and tailback Dre Stout were injured.
Now with a rematch looming this week, the question comes up again and the Roughers would like nothing more than answer it an emphatic yes.
“I’m proud of our kids. They played their tails off and we get another shot at Jenks,” MHS coach Matt Hennesy after the Rough-ers toppled the Norman North Timberwolves 38-10 in the Class 6A quarterfinals Saturday night at Norman’s Harve Collins Field.
The rematch comes up Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Union Tuttle Stadium in the 6A semifinals.
Jenks is 11-1 for the season after defeating Lawton 29-12 last Saturday, while the Roughers are 10-2 and eager for another shot at coach Allen Trimble’s Trojans.
“We know them and they know us,” Hennesy said. “I’m glad we’re playing again. We were handicapped (the first time). We want a rematch to find out if we’re as good as them. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”
The Roughers staked a claim to be among the best after getting a 114-yard, four-touchdown performance from senior Jarryd Horn in the win over the Timberwolves. Muskogee’s leading tackler moved to tailback for the Norman North as Stout continues to recover from his injuries.
Before last Saturday, Horn had just 11 yards rushing and two touchdowns as a fullback.
“It wasn’t different than playing fullback,” he said. “We’ll celebrate this win, relax and start working even harder for Jenks.”
Hennesy was pleased with Horn’s showing.
“He runs straight ahead really well,” the MHS coach said. “He’s a powerful runner. Not to take anything away from Jarryd, but I could’ve run through those holes the offensive line made. They were huge.”
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