Muskogee Football Feature – Presented by York Street Tire

Muskogee Roughers 

Coach: RAFE WATKINS

Schedule:
9-6 – at McAlester

9-13 – at Midwest City

9-20 – vs. Putnam City West

9-27 – at Ponca City

10-4 – vs. Sand Springs

10-11 – vs. Sapulpa

10-17 – at Shawnee

10-25 – vs. Booker T. Washington

11-1 – vs. Bartlesville

11-8 – at Bixby

Quick Hits:

Running back Jimmie Coleman totaled 206 yards on the ground and five touchdowns in a 45-27 win over Sand Springs. 

Since defeating Booker T. Washington in the 1986 Class 5A finals 14-12, the Roughers have dropped six of 11 contests to the Hornets, including two straight. 

Muskogee has gotten the better of Bartlesville in three straight wins. The Roughers have outscored the Bruins by a combined 173-34.   

Last 6 Years:

2018 – 6-5

2017 – 5-5 

2016 – 9-2

2015 – 3-7 

2014 – 3-7 

2013 – 3-7

OFFENSE

The Roughers enter the 2019 season with expectations higher than just making the 6AII playoffs for a fourth straight season. The game plan will live by the Rafe Watkins rule of success: “I’ve always said you can’t win a state championship if you can’t run the football,” said the sixth-year Muskogee skipper. “And with the 10 starters we return on offense, I’m expecting the ground game to be our strength to winning on Friday nights this year.” A pair of VYPE Top 100 selections, tailback Jimmie Coleman (5-9, 185, Sr.) and quarterback Ty Williams (6-1, 185, Jr.) will once again highlight a talented collection of athletes capable of picking up short yards as well as taking cross-country jaunts to the end zone. A three-year starter, Coleman dashed across the goal line 22 times last season while totaling 1,473 yards rushing. Williams, who has already garnered multiple Division I offers in the offseason, recorded a 2K performance last year as a sophomore, rushing for 1,046 yards and passing for 1,147 yards, completing 112-of-198 attempts with 11 touchdowns. The Rougher quarterback will have familiar targets to throw to, including Kaunor Ashley (5-11, 170, Sr.), who grabbed 21 receptions, and Jordan Bradley (6-2, 210, Sr.), who made 17 catches, and sure-handed tight end Kaleb Biglow (6-1, 235, Sr.). The return of David Timmons (5-9, 180, Sr.) and Maurice Chaplin (5-9, 175, Sr.) means additional playmaking options. The experience of the offensive line is another edge for the Roughers, with the return of Josh Luckey (6-0, 260, Sr.), Tyler Kennedy (6-0, 250, Sr.), Sa’Veion Adams (6-3, 215, Sr.), along with Nick Banks (6-0, 280, Sr.), Gavin Winn (5-9 225, So.), Dadrian Wilson (5-9, 230, Sr.) and Wendall Johnson (6-2, 310, Jr.). 

DEFENSE

While there are questions still to be answered in starting roles at a few positions, the 4-2-5 alignment used by the Roughers will match the skills of key personnel, including VYPE Top 100 picks Ashley at defensive back and linebacker Caleb Webb (6-0, 200, Jr.). The captain of the Muskogee defensive unit, Ashley is strong in run support as well as solid in pass coverage while Webb, who recorded 11 sacks among his 100 tackles, will anchor the linebacker unit along with Darian Davis (6-1, 190 Jr.), who numbered 56 tackles last season as well as Jareed Hagerman (5-10, 210, Sr.). Adding to the playmaking in the secondary is Isaiah Givens (6-0, 180, So.), who collected 32 stops last year. Frontline muscle includes noseguard Devion Williams (6-0, 285, Sr.), who wrapped up opponents 74 times last year (including four QB sacks), along with Kaleb Biglow or Braylin Reed (6-2, 210, So.) on the edge. Added playmakers in the secondary will include cornerbacks Antonio Zapata (5-9, 175, Jr.) and Josh Campbell (5-9, 170, Sr.). Kentrell Mitchum (6-0, 165, Sr.) will return to try and flip the field position as the Roughers’ punter after averaging 38 yards per attempt last year. “We’re much better in the secondary this year and with the play up front and at linebacker, overall it’s a group that will fly to the football and give us a chance for success each week,” Watkins said. “We feel like we have the experience and depth to be a pretty decent team.”