Jimmie Coleman did his thing, and for it, the Muskogee running back’s Senior Night wasn’t the end of his Indian Bowl experience.
Playing with a slight hip pointer, Coleman bagged a 286-yard rushing effort on 26 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the night, and while it wasn’t pretty at times, the Roughers clinched a home playoff game in the first round with a 44-27 verdict against the Bartlesville Bruins on Friday night.
Coleman’s night would have only been made better with two touchdowns he didn’t get — one on a 29-yard run on the second play of the second half. He also had a 24-yarder later in the half, both negated by holding calls.
“We were determined,” Coleman said. “We didn’t want this to be our last home game. We’ve got to fix the mistakes and get things perfect.”
Muskogee head coach Rafe Watkins wasn’t sure it was that imperfect.
“We’ve got some stuff to clean up but I don’t know about some of those holds,” he said. “They called that second one on 4, which was Jordan (Bradley) and he was plumb out of the play and Jimmie took it up the pike.
“But Jimmie showed once again he’s a beast. Like I said, I’ll take 90 percent of him to 100 percent of a lot of others.”
In all, MHS had 434 yards of offense but also had 12 flags for 112 yards in penalties. Bartlesville also came up with 383 yards of offense — well above the Roughers’ average yield of 179 yards.
Quarterback Ty Williams was 5-of-10 for 133 yards, and was plagued by several drops. Jordan Bradley had two catches for 84 yards, including a 61-yarder in which he bounced off a tackler at the Bruin 40 before taking it the rest of the way untouched. The score answered Ben Winters’ second TD pass of the night just a minute earlier, an 18-yard toss to Caleb Perry on a fourth-and-5 play.
“Big play by Jordan there,” said Watkins. “We weren’t pretty at times but we’ll take any win this time of year, and well take four more like it if we get it.”
Muskogee (8-1, 5-1) goes against unbeaten No. 1 Bixby next week on the road, still with a shot at a district title. But they’re guaranteed of no worse than second. Choctaw beat Midwest City 42-41 Friday to go into third place in 6AII-1, but Choctaw plays Deer Creek (5-4, 3-3) next week while Midwest City finishes with winless Putnam City West, so the Roughers’ opening-round opponent, either the third or fourth place team out of that district, is still uncertain.
Coleman’s first score came on Muskogee’s third play from scrimmage following Kaunor Ashley’s recovery of a backward lateral which he scooped off the turf. Muskogee followed a Bruin three-and-out with a two-play drive, Coleman covering 17 on the first play and 47 for the score.
Ashley, who got outrun in single coverage on a 50-yard touchdown strike to Caden Davis —one of two for the latter in an eight-catch, 163-yard night, redeemed himself with an interception that led to Williams’ 1-yard run, capping a 7-play, 70-yard march.
“I knew what I did wrong… but I stayed focused, got back on defense and the ball came to me,” Ashley said.
Laken Clowdus, who had 170 yards on 31 carries for Bartlesville (2-7, 2-4), scored on a 5-yard run to cut the Bruins’ deficit to 21-14, but the Roughers would go 89 yards in under two minutes following a stop.
Coleman ran for 42 yards on the first play of the drive, but it was two passes, one from Williams to Ashley for 11 down the sideline and another to Kentrell Mitchum in the middle of the field for 15 to a first-and-goal at the 5 that were also key. Williams took it on from 2 yards out with :03 left, making it 27-14 at the half as the point-after was off the mark.
Coleman started the second half like he did the first, busting loose on a 39-yard run to open the second half then the 29-yarder for a touchdown that was wiped out on a hold. It was one of two flags on the drive that would stall it and end with a 31-yard field goal by Jacob Scheihing, making it 30-14. Davis’ second TD reception was then matched by Coleman’s 39-yard TD run with 6:06 in the third, giving Muskogee its biggest lead at that point of the contest, 37-20.
MUSKOGEE 44, BARTLESVILLE 27
MHS-Jimmie Coleman 2 run (Jacob Scheihing kick), 10:00.
MHS-Coleman 47 run (Scheihing kick), 8:35.
BHS-Caden Davis 50 pass from Ben Winters (Dylan McCoy kick), 7:03.
MHS-Ty Williams 1 run (Scheihing kick), 9:47.
BHS-Laken Clowdus 5 run (McCoy kick), 4:03.
MHS-Williams 2 run (kick failed), 0:03.
MHS-Scheihing FG 31, 9;24.
BHS- Davis 17 pass from Winters (kick blocked), 6:59.
MHS-Coleman 39 run (Schehing kick), 6:06.
BHS-Caleb Perry 18 pass from Winters (McCoy kick), 7:14. 4
MHS-Jordan Bradley 61 pass from Williams (Scheihing kick), 6:18.
Rushing: BHS, Clowdus 31-170 (TD). MHS, Coleman 26-286 (3 TD).
Passing: BHS, Winters 15-33-219-1 (2 TD). MHS, Williams 5-10-122 (TD).
Receiving: BHS, Davis 8-163 (2 TD). MHS, Bradley 2-84 (TD).