MCALESTER — It was a dominating effort. Ugly at times, but dominating.
Quarterback Ty Williams had a solid first half, throwing for two touchdowns, Jimmie Coleman rushed for 159 yards and the Roughers defense and special teams came up with six turnovers, five on fumbles, and the result was a 43-7 win over the McAlester Buffaloes here Friday.
Williams was 8-of-11 in the first half for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He was spelled by Jordan Bradley some in the second half and finished 10-of-17 for 175 yards. Before replacing him, Bradley was on the receiving end of a Williams pass covering 59 yards and a score.
But much of the battle was won on the defensive side, which held McAlester to 157 yards. Special teams recovered a kickoff for one turnover. Two of the fumbles were recovered by Kaleb Biglow. Caleb Webb came up with a 40-yard interception return for six and Devion Williams came off the defensive line in pursuit of a bad snap. With the ball at the McAlester 32, Williams scooped at the 13 and took it in to wrap up the night’s scoring.
“We had some mistakes. We played pretty good though, just should have played better,” Webb said, then turning his thoughts to his interception. “I watched and the guy I was covering was their option when they speed up and I saw the ball and went for it. We took advantage of their mistakes.”
Chris Hilton’s toss to Gavin Johnson from 5 yards out on a series that included a busted coverage on a screen was the only McAlester points of the night, that coming with 7:56 to go until half, cutting it to a 17-7 difference.
Hilton hurt his left wrist early in the second half and was replaced by Trent Boatright, who managed just four first downs.
Muskogee had one turnover — a Ty Williams interception — but the major load of the Roughers’ mistakes had to do with penalties, 14 in all for 127 yards.
“The things we did wrong can be corrected,” Muskogee coach Rafe Watkins said. “And as coaches we have to do a better job with penalties. If we see a lazy hold in practice, we need up-downs.”
Joseperry Yahuilt got Muskogee on the board with a 29-yard field goal that deflected through with 6:13 left in the first quarter, a drive stymied by two false start flags and a block in the back call.
After a fumble on the kickoff, Ty Williams needed just two plays to find Kentrell Mitchum, rolling right on play-action and throwing across to middle of the end zone for the score.
A 58-yard run by Ty Williams was called back for a hold on the next drive, but that was nullified on Bradley’s break down the sideline, catching it in full strike on a play from the junior quarterback, covering 59 yards.
The Roughers wrapped up the scoring with two big runs, one of 65 yards by Williams and the last a 70-yarder by Coleman.
“Overall, I thought in spite of the mistakes we dominated in every phase,” said Watkins. “We were able to overcome what mistakes we made but good teams like we see next week, we won’t be able to overcome those.”
Muskogee is at Midwest City next week before the home opener a week from Friday against Putnam City West.
MUSKOGEE 43, MCALESTER 7
Mus: Joseperry Yahuilt 29 FG, 6:13.
Mus: Kentrell Mitchum 14 pass from Ty Williams (Jacob Sheihing kick), 5:22.
Mus: Jordan Bradley 59 pass from Williams (Sheihing kick), 11:39.
McA: Gavin Johnson 5 pass from Chris Hilton (Hilton kick), 7:56.
Mus: Caleb Webb 40 interception return (run failed), 3:07
Mus: Ty Williams 65 run (kick blocked), 9:19.
Mus: Jimmie Coleman 70 run (Sheihing kick), 1:01.
Mus: Devion Williams 13 fumble return (Scheihing kick), 6:21.
First Downs 1112
RUSHING: Mus, Coleman 19-159, Williams 4-75. McA, Chris Hilton 16-59.
PASSING: Mus, Williams 10-17-1. McA, Hilton 5-8-59-1
RECEIVING: Mus, Bradley 3-84, Antonio Zapata 3-51.