Broken Arrow slams Muskogee with solid rushing
BY JOSH HARDING World Correspondent
Saturday, September 22, 2012
9/22/12 at 6:26 AM
BROKEN ARROW - Warren Leak scored four touchdowns to lead Broken Arrow to a 61-6 victory over Muskogee to open up District 6A-2 play Friday night at Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium.
Leak found out he would be starting at running back for Broken Arrow (2-2, 1-0) only three days before the game.
"It was surreal at first," said Leak. "Then after I got that first hit I was able to focus and do what my coaches asked."
Devon Thomas is still unable to play due to an off-the-field issue. Cameron Wrenn suffered an ankle injury and will likely miss next week's game as well.
"We call Warren 'Lightning,'" said Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital. "We have confidence in Lightning and P.J. Thomas to be able to keep our running game going."
Leak and Thomas combined for 36 carries for 202 yards and five touchdowns.
The Broken Arrow defense asserted itself on Muskogee (0-3, 0-1) and kept the game comfortable for the Tigers. The defense forced Muskogee to negative rushing yards for the game. Muskogee had only 97 total yards.
"The defensive line dictated the game for us," said Spavital. "Then we had some standout performances from linebacker Alex Bradley and defensive back Ryan Alger but the whole defense played great."
Broken Arrow's special teams also got in on the action. The Tigers blocked a punt and an extra point. Jaylon Calhoun also ran a punt back for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty.
The play of the night came from Broken Arrow receiver Corbin Greenlee. Blake Smith threw a ball that appeared to be too long for Greenlee to the corner of the endzone. Greenlee dove and caught the ball on a full stretch and managed to maintain possession throughout the catch.
There was a scary moment in the game in the second quarter when Broken Arrow receiver Austin Reed was hit hard coming across the middle by a Muskogee defensive back. Reed was carted off and taken to a hospital. Broken Arrow staff stated that Reed suffered a concussion and was expected to be released from the hospital late Friday night.
Muskogee freshman quarterback Quintahj Cherry showed positive flashes for the Roughers. Receiver Anthony King was his favorite target with six catches for 35 yards.
Mackenzie McCall scored Muskogee's lone touchdown of the night on a 32-yard run.
BROKEN ARROW 61, MUSKOGEE 6
BA: Leak 5 run (Moore kick)
BA: Leak 8 run (Moore kick)
BA: Leak 3 run (Moore kick)
BA: Moore 25 field goal
BA: Leak 7 run (Moore kick)
BA: Thomas 2 run (Moore kick)
BA: M. Smith 7 pass from Key (Moore kick)
BA: Greenlee 24 pass from B. Smith (Moore kick)
M: McCall 32 run (kick blocked)
BA: Talley 7 run (Moore kick)
Original Print Headline: Tigers pound Muskogee