By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor
1980...Muskogee 26 , Jenks 18
Muskogee was No. 1 in the state. Tony Horn had 9 carries 37 yards in first half but finished with 19 on 133. Jenks was in their first-ever 4A district game after a 3A title in 1979 Stanley Bateman returned an interception 55 yards for a score in first quarter. Curt Denton, a member of the current coaching staff at MHS, had a streak of 10 consecutive extra points extend into that game and end on the final TD.
1984...Jenks 9, Muskogee 6
A pair of 42-yard field goal attempts made the difference. Amir Taherina’s third-quarter attempt for Jenks converted and Jon Payne, who was battling leg cramps from going both ways, missed a 42-yarder with 43 seconds left as the Roughers (3-5) missed an upset opportunity. Jenks remained tied with Tahlequah at the top of the district standings.
1985...Muskogee 21, Jenks 7
Glen Bell had 195 yards on 36 carries. Said Ron Freeman after that game: “I don’t know if it is his best game yardage wise but I think it’s the best he’s ever run.”
1986... Jenks 20, Muskogee 14
Jenks converted six of seven third down attempts in second half to preserve the win. Early in the half, Jenks took over with the ball at its own 44 after a failed MHS fake punt and marched 56 yard in 13 plays to ice the win;.
“Time after time again they came up with first downs in tough situations. Winners make those (type plays) and losers don’t. That’s why we lost the game,” said Ron Freeman in the Phoenix game story.
Glen Bell had 28 carries for 141 yards. Muskogee was flagged 10 times for 95 yards.
It was Muskogee’s last loss. They went on to win eight in a row for their last state championship
1988...Muskogee 20, Jenks 0
After a poor performance on homecoming against Bartlesville, the Roughers went up to Jenks and spoiled their homecoming, outgaining them 264-85 in yards and 13-4 in first downs, including no first downs and 10 yards in the final two quarters. Quarterback Mike Riley hit Tyler Penrod for a touchdown and ran for another. Muskogee went 10-2 that year.
1991...Jenks 7, Muskogee 0
Maybe the most famous of the losses. Muskogee was No. 10 in the nation in the Dallas Morning News poll and 16th by USA Today, and No. 1 in the state. Jenks, No. 2 in the state, made a 13-play, 61-yard drive late in the first quarter and early into the second quarter stand up on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 run by Jenks’ Phil Perkins. The Roughers drove to the Jenks 29 late in the fourth quarter, but four passes by quarterback Carter Bradley fell incomplete. Muskogee, which came in averaging 261 yards a game was held to 134 yards. Donald Mayes, another current staff member, had 67 yards rushing on 10 carries.
1992 ... Muskogee 29, Jenks 28
Down 28-10, the Roughers staged one of their all-time greatest comebacks.
Jason Freeman kicked what appeared at the time to be a meaningless field goal (at the half), blocked the game-tying extra point.
“They kept fighting when they could have given up. It doesn’t get any better than this.” Freeman said at the time to the Phoenix.
In a playoff rematch, Muskogee exited with a 24-0 setback in the second round and finished 9-4. Jenks ran a double-tight-end formation all night in running up 287 yards rushing on 52 carries in the pouring rain. Jenks’ defense held MHS to 79 yards.
“That’s as well as I’ve seen them play in a long time. Dadgum, even I could run behind that offense,” said Ron Freeman at that time.
1996...Jenks 38, Muskogee 35 (3 OT)
Muskogee led 21-0 before the No. 1 Trojans rallied for three TDs to send the game into OT. Running back Josh Fidler, who had 127 yards rushing on 39 carries, kicked the game-winning field goal.
Seth Littrell scored two of the Roughers’ first three scores on runs and finished with 69 yards rushing.
Jon Freeman’s fake punt pass to Dustin Dickman was incomplete and Jenks, aided by a face mask penalty, went six plays for the tying TD.
Byron Crutchfield’s 1-yard run (he had 94 yards rushing) was countered by a 7-yard Fidler run. Quarterback Tim Rubey hit Rocky Calmus on a 9-yard TD. Rougher QB Shepley Heard tossed to Eric Woodard to send it to the third OT. Heard was sacked on a third and goal on the third possession in OT and Ben Hilfiger’s 32-yard field goal missed the mark. Fidler drove Jenks to the Muskogee 1 then booted what was nothing more than an extra-point length kick.
“That’s a tough one to take,” Muskogee’s Seth Littrell told the Phoenix after the game. “We were supposed to lose by 50 but the better team didn’t win tonight.”
The two teams would meet in the second round of the playoffs and Jenks would end Muskogee’s season at 8-4 with a 24-0 win. The Trojans ran a double-tight end formation all night in running up 287 yards rushing on 52 carries in the pouring rain.
“That’s as well as I’ve seen them play in a long time. Dadgum. Even I could run behind that offense,” said Freeman.
Jenks’ defense held Muskogee to 79 yards.
2005...Jenks 28, Muskogee 26:
Down 28-14 Muskogee scored two TDs within 2:02 in the fourth. Jameel Owens 18 pass from Rell Lewis came with 3:37 left and with 1:35 to play, Rell Lewis scored on a 4-yard run. Lewis’ pass to Owens for the two-point conversion was short and despite protests from Muskogee’s sideline and upstairs coaches, the Trojans got away with having 12 men on the field.
Recalled Lancaster this week, “They had lined up in that on four straight plays and on the last touchdown, Rell came over to me and said ‘Coach, we can’t run the sprint out because they have an extra man on both sides.’ They’d gone from a 6-2 to a 5-2-4 and kept a DB in and Allan told me afterward they didn’t realize it until after the conversion, which they still had 12 on the field. And we didn’t catch it either until the conversion but the officials wouldn’t change it.”
A missed extra point and field goal by John Crank also were factors. Lewis was 12-of-28 for 144 yards passing and rushed 21 times for 133 yards. Owens had four catches for 67 yards.
Lancaster’s team went on to the semifinals and lost a controversial semifinal to Mustang.
2006 ...Jenks 52, Muskogee 35 (6A semifinals)
Muskogee had rallied from two touchdowns to tie the game at 28-28 after three quarters and 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.
“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,” Muskogee coach Matt Hennesy said at the time.
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 ended 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.
Jenks went on to beat Enid for its first title since 2003.