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November 25, 2006

MHS run ends in 6A semis

TULSA — Muskogee High School’s bid for the state championship game went down hard in the fourth quarter.

The Jenks Trojans, getting a key interception and a long drive in the final period, ended the Roughers’ dreams 52-35 in the Class 6A semifinals Friday before an estimated 13,500 fans at Tulsa Union-Tuttle Stadium.

Muskogee had rallied from two touchdowns to tie the game at 28-28 after three periods. It seemingly had the momentum.

Jenks, however, had other ideas.

A 10-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 31-yard touchdown catch by Tanner Shuck and an 18-yard interception return by Chance Robbins set up a 2-yard TD run by Chris Adkins as the Trojans scored 24 points in the final period.

“When (I was) asked earlier in the week what was going to decide this game, I said big plays. Who was going to make them and who was going to give them up,” MHS coach Matt Hennesy said in a hoarse voice. “We gave them up and they made them and won the game.

“Every break went against us, but our kids never quit. We called every play in the book. We had to as Jenks has a great team. I knew that going in as they had everybody back from last year.”

Matt Hulse’s 27-yard field goal and Adkins’ one-yard plunge were the other Trojans’ points in that final period as the Roughers’ season ends at 10-3.

Jenks quarterback Mark Ginther completed 18 of 30 passes for 183 yards and Adkins ran for a game-high 204 yards on 39 carries. He had all but three of the Trojans’ rushing yards.

Muskogee tied the game at 28-28 in the third period as Jameel Owens grabbed a 21-yard touchdown pass and Jarryd Horn dashed three yards for another TD. Owens caught two TD passes for 112 yards.

Rell Lewis, the Muskogee senior quarterback, completed 10 of 26 passes for 298 yards. He also tossed a 34-yard TD pass to Shjuan Richardson with 4:56 left in the game to wrap up the Roughers’ scoring.

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