The party was rolling on homecoming night Friday at Indian Bowl.
So much so, that Isaiah Givens chose to put a stop to it, much to the appreciation of his head coach.
Givens made an interception — Muskogee’s fourth of the night — in stride as Putnam City West tried to get its second consolation touchdown of the fourth quarter. He did so in stride, and with touchdown potential in front of him, decided to drop to the ground a few yards up field.
His team’s offense came back onto the field, took one knee and headed for homecoming fun with a 62-15 win tucked away.
“No need for it,” Givens said. “I could have — but no need.”
Muskogee coach Rafe Watkins, whose fourth-ranked Class 6AII team moved to 3-0 on the season, was heard saluting him in his post-game meeting with his team, then echoed it afterward.
“It's not something we've gone over, but not many kids, much less sophomores, would make that decision anywhere in the state,” he said. “That was class.”
Givens had already found the end zone twice on runs of 28 yards in the second quarter and 20 yards in the third. And that was in a backup role.
Jimmie Coleman started and had 160 yards on 12 carries, all but four of that coming in a first half that saw Muskogee lead 49-9.
It was a scoring bonanza.
Ty Williams completed his first nine passes, three of those for touchdowns. He had five in all in an amazing 12-of-13 performance totaling 198 yards.
The first two went to Kentrell Mitchum for 40 and 23 yards, the other to Kaunor Ashley for 33 yards. His only miss was on a short pass in the flat to Jordan Bradley, but he came back and got his fourth TD of the half to Antonio Zapata.
On that play, Williams trotted a few steps to his left to the side where Mitchum was wide open in the flat about five yards up field with room to run. A change of mind sent Williams rolling back right and Zapata was open in the end zone.
Connection made there.
“We work on a lot of scrambling ... you know I’m a running quarterback,” he said with a grin. “Hey we’re all happy to score.”
Even from press-box level, Mitchum appeared perplexed on the play, if only for a moment.
“Nah,” he said, also with a grin. "It's all good. Happy for my boy Zapata.”
That made it 49-9.
Coleman’s 2-yard run made it three straight scoring possessions to begin the game. He would later score on a 68-yard run.
In all, the Roughers scored on nine of its first 11 possessions, running out of time in plus territory to end the first half. They scored back-to-back to start the third quarter.
Zapata, Williams and Ashley also came up with interceptions.
Zapata’s killed the Patriots’ first threat with an interception at the Roughers 7-yard line, putting MHS the length of the field from a fourth score in as many drives. On a third-down play, Williams kept for 21 yards around the end but a holding penalty at the line of scrimmage pushed it back half the distance to the 2. On the first play of the second quarter, his bubble screen toss to David Timmons was caught but in the end zone and resulted in a safety as he was wrapped up at the point of the catch. He would get a TD reception in the second half.
Williams, who got his second Division I offer at safety this week from Tulsa, set up his TD toss to Ashley with an interception, stripping it at the point of catch by PCW’s Darius Sharpe, with just over five minutes left in the half.
Outside of Givens’ sportsmanship move, Watkins called that his next favorite play.
"That there shows why he’s being recruited as a Division I safety,” the coach said.
Two long punt returns, one by Ashley and the other by Coleman, were called back due to illegal blocks.
There were also multiple other holding calls. In all, the Roughers were flagged 13 times for 123 yards — the lone smudge on an otherwise full night of celebration.
“People will look at the holding calls as a negative and maybe it was,” Watkins said. “We finally got our end zone view camera working so we’ll see what that tells us. But even at that, I thought our execution and our blocking up front was outstanding.”
The Patriots fell to 0-3.
Muskogee begins District 6AII-2 play next week at Ponca City.
MUSKOGEE 62, PUTNAM WEST 15
Putnam West 0 9 0 6—15
Muskogee 21 28 13 0—62
Mus-Kentrell Mitchum 40 pass from Ty Williams (Jacob Scheihing kick),, 11:09.
Mus-Mitchum 23 pass from Williams (Scheihing kick), 7:28.
Mus-Jimmie Coleman 2 run (Scheihing kick), 2:24.
PW-Safety, David Timmons tackled in end zone, 11:54.
Mus-Isaiah Givens 28 run (Scheihing kick), 8:10.
PW -Emadre Hightower 71 pass from Jakob Brandenberger (Dylan Smith kick), 7:27.
Mus-Coleman 68 run (Scheihing kick) 6:48.
Mus-Kaunor Ashley 33 pass from Williams (Scheihing kick), 5:06.
Mus-Antonio Zapata 23 pass from Williams (Scheihing kick), 2:05.
Mus-Timmons 36 pass from Williams (kick failed), 9:49.
Mus-Givens 20 run (Schehing kick), 2:05
PW-Darius Sharpe 24 pass from Brandenberger (kick failed), 9:30
First Downs 4 22
Rushes-Yards 14-30 33-273
Passing Yards 141 229
Passes C-A-I 9-23-4 15-16
Punts-Avg. 7-24 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 11-46 13-123
Rushing: PW, Jaheim Butler 4-25. Mus, Coleman 12-160 (2 TD), Givens 6-74 (2 TD).
Passing: PW, Brandenberger 9-23-141-4 (2 TD). Mus, Williams 12-13-198-0 (5 TD), Jordan Bradley 3-3-46-0.
Receiving: PW, Emadre Hightower 3-99 (TD). Mus, Mitchum 3-80 (2 TD), Timmons 3-57 (TD), Bradley 4-27.