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Muskogee Dre Stout (28) escapes the grip of Broken Arrow’s Taylor York (4) during first-half football on Friday at Indian Bowl. The Roughers beat the Tigers, 26-16.



Rell Lewis and Dre Stout were not about to be denied and the Muskogee Roughers, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 6A poll, beat the No. 5 Broken Arrow Tigers for the first time in six seasons.

Lewis, with his first two fingers dislocated on his right (throwing) hand, led Muskogee back from a four-point deficit as he engineered a 10-play, 92-yard touchdown drive, and Stout later added a 63-yard touchdown run for good measure as the Roughers defeated the Tigers 26-16 before a sold out Indian Bowl Friday night.

The win snapped Muskogee’s five-game losing streak to the Tigers. It’s the Roughers’ first win in the series since 2000.

Lewis dislocated the fingers while diving into the end zone on a failed two-point conversion attempt with 10:04 left in the first half. He didn’t let the pain bother him as he returned at quarterback with 6:04 left in the third period.

“I knew I had to come back in,” he said. “The team looked down without me. To tell you the truth, I really don’t know how much my fingers hurt because I only had one thing on my mind and that was winning.”

Lewis and the Roughers started the drive at their own 8 with 8:35 left in the game. He had runs of 16, 20 and 9 yards in the drive and completed a 20-yard pass to junior Andre Anderson. Lewis then dashed five yards for the touchdown with 4:49 left in the game, putting MHS ahead 19-16. Lewis had 96 yards rushing on 15 carries.

After the Roughers forced the Tigers to punt, Stout broke into the open and rambled 63 yards for the touchdown with 3:38 left. Stout finished with 217 yards on 22 carries.

“I saw the opening and took off,” he said about his TD run.

All of the MHS players and coaches were smiling after the game, but one of the bigger grins belonged to offensive coordinator Randon Lowe.

“They proved they are the two best backs in the same backfield in the state of Oklahoma,” Lowe said. “That’s all possible because we’re so good up front. We rotated eight offensive linemen in there and they did a great job. When Rell came back in the third quarter, it was over.”

It looked over for Muskogee earlier. It trailed 16-12 after Cale Fulps tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Derek Whitson with 6:10 left in the third quarter.

The Roughers were called for a personal foul and the officials later waved a personal foul call on Broken Arrow in the third period. Things were looking bleaker after a 50-yard halfback option pass to Jonathan Moore from Jameel Owens was nullified because of a holding penalty.

“The best thing about the game was we never broke,” MHS coach Matt Hennesy said. “When things started going bad, we could’ve easily checked it in. When everything was going against us, our kids never broke and quit.”

Muskogee returns to action next Friday at home against Norman North on Hall of Fame Night at Indian Bowl.

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