Home sweet new home: Muskogee christens Rougher Village with 47-3 win over Putnam City | national news

September 3—What a baptism.

Jamarian Ficklin had four touchdown passes, the defense had six sacks and forced two interceptions, and the special teams added a touchdown as Muskogee started the era of Rougher Village football with a 47-3 victory over the Putnam City Pirates.

Ficklin was 16 of 25 on the night for 309 yards. Two of his touchdowns were to Kayden McGee, a 12-yarder for the first scorer at Rougher Village with 8:29 left in the first quarter. He later took a screen 63 yards from home late in the third quarter, which made it 33-0, and the Roughers were on course for a 2-0 start.

“I haven’t broken a screen all year and wanted to break a big one this year. Got it tonight,” McGee said. “My good boy Vernon (Pepiakitah) gave me a great block, (Ficklin) put it on the mark, I took it from there.”

Ficklin also had a 60-yard throw to La’Tavion Johnson and an 18-yard throw to Ondraye Beasley, both in the first half. Beasley’s gave Muskogee a 20-0 halftime lead, and he started the second half with a 63-yard run on a backhand.

Jayden Bell fended off a 46-yard punt and with backups, Israel Martin scored on a 7-yard run just after Joseph Cervantes spoiled the shutout with a 37-yard field goal with 5:12 left.

Deyonn Bowler and Jarin Riggs-Brown each had interceptions on defense. Jeremy Collins had three sacks. Pepiakitah, DeShawn Smith and Landon Casey each had one.

“We worked as a team tonight,” Collins said. “Good atmosphere, good win, we have to keep doing it.”

Muskogee head coach Travis Hill was a happy guy, especially with a defensive unit that had been much maligned in the three years since returning in 2020 as defensive coordinator and then becoming head coach l ‘last year. The Pirates had minus-3 rushing yards, calculating sacks as rushing yards lost, and ended up with 106 passing yards.

“Any time you can make a team one-dimensional, you have a great chance,” Hill said. “We knew we were pretty good at 7v7 so we knew we could defend the pass.

“Offensively we know what we can do too. Great guy at quarterback, great receivers and we protected well. Forty-four (defensive end Taj McCoy) is an DI guy and we “We rocked most of the night. Give our tackles credit. Wesley Harvey and O’Shea Stevenson did an outstanding job.”

Muskogee’s running game totaled 152 yards, but 56 of them were on Beasley’s backhand near the end. Next closest, Johnson, had four carries for 30 yards.

“We need to manage football better,” Hill said.

Nearly 90% of the house side of the 7,500-person house was full.

The Roughers hit the road next week at Midwest City Carl Albert. They return to Rougher Village on September 30 against Putnam City West.


Town of Putnam 0 0 0 3 — 3

Muskogee 7 13 13 14—47

Scoring Summary

first quarter

MHS-Kayden McGee 12 passes by Jamarian Ficklin (Darrion Armstrong kick), 8:29.

second quarter

MHS-La’Tavion Johnson 60 pass from Ficklin (miss) 9:57

MHS- Ondraye Beasley 18 Ficklin pass (Armstrong kick), 1:44

Third quarter

MHS-Beasley 56 run (blocked kick), 5:47.

MHS-Kayden McGee 63 Ficklin’s pass (Armstrong kick), 3:16.

Fourth trimester

MHS-Bell 46 punt return (Armstrong kick), 8:35

PC-Joseph Cervantes 37 FG, 5:12.

MHS-Israel Martin 7 run (Armstrong kick), 2:13.



First attempts 10 21

Runs-Yards 29 (-)3 23-152

Passing yards 106,321

Pass CAI 14-28-2 17-26-0

Punts-Avg. 6-37 3-45

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 6-63 13-125


Rush: PC, Jayden Sayarath 10-26. MHS, Beasley 3-71 (TD).

Overtaking: CP, Jud Keefer 13-23-90-1. MHS, Ficklin 16-25-309-0 (4 TDs)

Reception: PC, Ladaylen Jones 3-37. MHS, McGee 4-104 (2 AT), Bell 4-61.

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