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November 21, 2006

For MHS QB, a chance to make up for lost time

Rell Lewis must feel like he’s been on an emotional roller coaster this season.

With more than his share of ups and downs, the Muskogee’s senior quarterback had a lifetime of heartbreak and excitement in these 12 weeks.

“Overall, it’s been a pretty good season,” he said.

Lewis’ wild ride began with the season opener against Broken Arrow. He jammed knuckles on his the first two fingers of his right (throwing) hand after attempting to score on a two-point conversion against the Tigers, but he came back to lead the winning TD drive of 92 yards.

Then on Oct. 6, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder tore his right medial collateral ligament while on the opening kickoff against Jenks.

He has since returned to the starting lineup and comes off one of his better games last week when he passed for 157 yards and ran for a 25-yard touchdown to lead the Roughers to a 38-10 victory over the Norman North Timberwolves.

Now, Lewis gets a chance to make amends for lost time when the Roughers and Jenks clash in the Class 6A semifinals at 7:30 Friday night at Tulsa Union Tuttle Stadium.

“The only thing I’m thinking about is what I think about every week and that’s that I plan on us winning,” he said.

For a while, Lewis’ plans looked to be that, but with sideline restrictions. It was first feared that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament — the same kind of injury that ended his sophomore season.

If there was any doubt Lewis would return, he certainly didn’t show or think about it.

“Talking with Rell after the game and the look in his eye, I thought he would be back,” offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Randon Lowe said. “In his sophomore year, I looked in his eyes and knew he was done. He couldn’t walk and teared up.

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