Trojans blank Broncos 38-0

Trojans blank Broncos 38-0

MANSFIELD, TX – There were many questions surrounding Jenks football heading into its Week Zero matchup with Mansfield-Legacy, but those questions were quickly squashed in a 38-0 drubbing of the Broncos.

The Trojans graduated 26 seniors from last year’s team, leaving a young bunch for 2019. Many didn’t know how things would pan out, but a convincing win could change that.

“We’ve talked a lot about, the one thing we were missing was experience,” head coach Keith Riggs said. “I think we got a little bit of that experience tonight. Moving forward hopefully that just helps us get better and better.”

From the jump, Jenks seemed to sit comfortably in the driver’s seat.

Legacy’s first three possessions resulted in three-and-outs, due in large part to the stifling Trojan defense.

“We came out and started fast, that was one of our goals,” defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor said. “The kids really answered the call there.”

Both offenses struggled in the first period, neither could get on the scoreboard.

Jenks came alive in the second quarter and found itself on the scoreboard behind a Will Cox one-yard run. A field goal attempt with 18 seconds remaining in the half would give the Trojans a 10-0 lead heading into the break.

The Trojans hit their stride in the third quarter, scoring twice. Kobey Rogers and Stephen Kittleman both got in on the action with short yard runs. Jenks led 31-0 going into the final period of play.

The fourth didn’t see Jenks let up. Kittleman completed the first touchdown pass of the night to Waylon Adams for 16-yards.

Later in the quarter, some second-string players made their appearance on offense and stepped up to deliver the final blow.

Colton Cook found Cade Stacy for a 28-yard touchdown pass. That would be the final nail on the coffin for the evening.

Jenks seemed to be firing on all cylinders Friday night and the second-string players finding a way to score reflected that.

“Those kids don’t always get the opportunities,” offensive coordinator Greg Calabrese said. “To watch them come into a situation cold off the bench and watch the quarterback Colton Cook have a few good throws and drop the seed to Cade Stacy was great. Anytime you can develop those guys in these game situations is a big plus for us.”

The offense delivered big, but the defense put in a big effort as well.

The Trojan defense held the Broncos to just 65 total yards of offense. Legacy fumbled the ball three times and Jenks recovered two of those.

Trojan defenders stepped up to the challenge throughout the contest.

“Mansfield is a good football team, they have some excellent players,” Gaylor said. “Our guys just got after it and they were more physical for four quarters than they were. I’m so happy for our kids. They wanted it so bad.”

Though Jenks dominated week zero, they are far from a finished product.

“Our kids played with great intensity, effort, and focus,” Riggs said. “It wasn’t clean, there were some miscues certainly but you’re always going to have those in the first game.”

Jenks plays its home opener Friday against Bixby.

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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