In a game that went back and forth, Muskogee pulled away late, taking away a much-needed district game from the Sandites.
Sand Springs (1-4, 0-2 Dist. 6AII-2) lost to the Muskogee Roughers, 45-27, thanks to 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Friday, Sept. 28, at Memorial Stadium.
Muskogee (4-1, 2-0) trailed three times in the game but found its rhythm in the second half, outscoring Sand Springs, 28-6.
Sandite quarterback Caden Pennington threw two passes in the first half and one was a 60-yard touchdown to Daren Hawkins. First, Pennington started the game scoring with a 29 yard run for the 7-0 Sandite lead. Muskogee running back Jimmie Coleman tied the game, 7-7, on a short run at the 5:52 mark of the first quarter.
After Pennington’s touchdown pass, the Sandites gave up a safety with a bad snap on a punt, cutting into the Sand Springs lead, 14-9.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground for the majority of the first half and Coleman added a 56-yard score for the first Rougher lead of the game. Rougher receiver Kauner Ashley added the two-point conversion for the, 17-14, Muskogee lead at the end of the quarter.
Sand Springs running back Joel Mackey scored the only touchdown of the second quarter on a 29-yard run, and the Sandites took a 21-17 advantage into halftime.
The second half belonged to the Roughers.
Coleman scored three rushing touchdowns in the final quarters, two in the fourth, and quarterback Ty Williams added a short TD run for the final score of the game.
Sand Springs’ Trey Wilkerson scored the only TD of the second half for the Sandites on a 27-yard run at the 1:40 mark of the third quarter.
Muskogee scored six rushing touchdowns, and Sand Springs had three rushing and one passing.
Defensively, Hayden Cramer was in the backfield all night and recorded several sacks and tackles for losses. For Muskogee, Josh Campbell recovered a Sandite fumble in the third quarter, and the Rougher special teams blocked a punt in the fourth. Rougher defensive end Colton Edwards blocked Cameron Smith punt attempt at the Sandite 11-yard line, and it led to a Coleman touchdown.