Jenks gets first glimpse of 2019 at Trojan Preview
Fans flocked to the stands of Allan Trimble Stadium Friday for the first time in 2019, eager to get a glimpse of this year’s team.
The Jenks Football Booster Club held its 24th annual Trojan Preview scrimmages. Bartlesville, Booker T. Washington, Muskogee, and Putnam City made the trip to Jenks to see the first action of the season.
Three scrimmages were played in two 12-minute halves. Jenks played the first and last games, Muskogee and Putnam City played in between.
Spectators hoped to get a better understanding of the Trojans Friday, but so was Jenks.
With a young team this season, there have been many question marks leading up to week zero. With their first game Thursday, the Trojans needed a trial run before facing Mansfield-Legacy, Texas.
“I think we’re going to have a lot better feel coming out of tonight than before,” coach Keith Riggs said. “It’s hard when you go against each other day in and day out in practice. It was good for us to have a chance to evaluate against some other teams and see where we’re at and see where our weakness are.”
Jenks faced Bartlesville in its first scrimmage of the night. The Bruins struck first, but the Trojans answered back with two touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead.
Bartlesville evened the game with a score of its own, however, Jenks put the game away with a touchdown late in the contest.
“(We made) a lot of mental mistakes in our first half game against Bartlesville,” Riggs said. “Disappointed in that. That comes from lack of experience, I think. I love how our kids responded in the second half game against a really talented Booker T. team.”
The Trojans matched up with Booker T. Washington in the final half-game of the evening.
The score was knotted 7-7 at the halftime break but both teams came out fired up after. A scrimmage turned into a competitive battle as both teams awakened their competitive spirit.
Jenks got the upper hand over the Hornets with a field goal to make a 10-7 score. Booker T. Washington answered back with a touchdown to take the lead. The Trojans iced the game with a touchdown to win it 17-14.
“We still made a lot of mistakes, but they were very focused, gave great effort,” Riggs said. “If you do that, you’re going to be able to overcome some of those mistakes as you’re learning early in the season like this. The film will tell us for sure, but I feel pretty good coming out of that last game.”
Throughout the course of the second half against the Hornets, the teams started several small altercations which needed to be broken up by officials and other players. Riggs said the competitive nature was nice to see, however, his players need to maintain their composure.
“You always want to have that edge and competitiveness, but we also want to maintain our character and integrity in everything we do,” he said. “Tempers got out of hand at times and it’s a learning process. We’ve got to learn from it and not make those mistakes anymore.
“But there’s a fine line between that high competitive nature and stepping over that line and being unsportsmanlike. I don’t think it’s because our kids were trying to do it, I just think that the heat of the moment gets to you. It’s a learning moment and I think our kids learned from it and will be better in the future.”
Jenks faces Mansfield-Legacy Thursday in Texas beginning at 7 p.m.