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October 25, 2013

Jenks-Muskogee through the years

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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.

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