Muskogee’s weather-abbreviated victory over Tahlequah can be looked at two ways.

Coach Matt Hennesy hoped his backups would get plenty of playing time, but the lightning and threatening weather prevented any of that from happening as the Roughers took the 21-0 victory in the District 6A-4 opener for both teams that was called with 44.9 seconds left in the first quarter.

“I really had mixed feelings when I got home,” he said. “We hate to work all week and play only 12 minutes. We didn’t even play 12 minutes, but I felt really bad because we’ve got some seniors on this team that deserve to play.”

Dre Stout, the Roughers’ senior starting tailback, scored twice and ran for 100 yards, while senior quarterback Rell Lewis tossed a 56-yard touchdown pass to junior Jameel Owens for the Roughers’ points. Stout scored his second touchdown on a 43-yard run when the game was stopped for a second time because of lightning and eventually called.

Hennesy, though, also saw some good things coming from the quick night’s work by his team that’s ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Class 6A poll for the third straight week.

“In the big picture, it may be one of the best things that’s happened to us,’ he said. “We were off the field, Rell never took a hit and Dre wasn’t hit very many times. We got out of there without using (starting offensive right tackle) Billy Rodden. He has a bum ankle, but he’ll be back this week.

“There are a lot of positive things we can take from (last Friday). We’re not really stressed, sore or tired.”

The Roughers, 4-0 overall and 1-0 in district, are undoubtedly eager to return to league play. They play Bartlesville in a homecoming clash at Indian Bowl Friday.

Under the direction of first-year coach Ron Smith, who came from Owasso, the Bruins are 2-2 overall and also 1-0 after opening 6A-4 play with a 24-14 victory against Sand Springs.

In other 6A-4 openers, Owasso beat Sapulpa 35-14 and Tulsa Washington nipped Jenks 43-36 in triple overtime.

The Roughers’ focus this week, though, is on Bartlesville. Quarterback Kevin Kedy threw for 98 yards and tossed two touchdowns in the win over the Sandites.

“We watched them scrimmage against Broken Arrow and Bartlesville had Broken Arrow on the ropes,” Hennesy said. “This isn’t the same Bartlesville we’ve been seeing.

“I’m going to tell our kids all week that homecoming is for girls and their mommas. Our No. 1 priority this week is to win the game. I don’t care how good the parade and dance are. Homecoming isn’t worth a darn, if you don’t win the game. We have to make sure we take care of business and our players are mature enough to know that.”

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