Jenks puts together third straight blow-out win

Jenks puts together third straight blow-out win

EDMOND – Following three-consecutive lopsided wins, it seems like a long time ago Jenks football was on a losing slide.

After falling to 1-3, the Trojans now sit at 4-3 after a 55-10 victory over Edmond Memorial (0-7, 0-4) and have gotten above .500 in impressive fashion. When times were bleak, players on the team knew it was time for a change.

“Coming off those three losses we knew we needed to flip a switch to get back on track,” senior captain Will Cox said. “I think the seniors took over and everyone took it up a notch.”

The Trojans haven’t just taken it up a notch, they’ve turned the dial up to 10 over the last three games.

Jenks has outscored its opponents 185-34 during its hot stretch. Offense and defense alike have stepped up to deliver big performances.

The Trojans did to Edmond Memorial Thursday what they’ve done to Enid and Yukon.

Jenks found its way into the endzone eight times, scoring in a variety of ways, on the ground, through the air, and on special teams.

Quarterback Stephen Kittleman added a 12-yard touchdown pass to James Pruitt to his 233-yard passing night. Grant Lohr, Kobey Rogers and Griffin Forbes each got in on the action, scoring on rushing attempts.

It was Cox who sliced and diced the Bulldog defense all night. He turned out 137 rushing yards on nine attempts. Cox also recovered a Tyson Ward blocked punt in the endzone, a feat he’d yet to accomplish before Thursday.

“I just grabbed the ball, I credit that to Tyson,” Cox said. “I’ve never done that before, so it was a cool thing to do.”

Tyson Ward’s blocked punt gave Will Cox (21) his first punt recovery touchdown. Photos/Hayden Tucker

Cox led the way for Jenks’ running game on a hot night. The Trojans compiled 223 total rushing yards in the game. Cox said he and his teammates have the luxury of a hardworking offensive line.

“I was just reading everything my line gave me,” he said. “We’ve got a great five guys up front, they just kind of give me a bunch of holes to run through so I’m thankful for them.”

Much like in the two games before, Jenks was masterful on offense and limiting on defense.

Edmond Memorial was outgained by the Trojans in total yards 468 to 175. Jenks didn’t let its opponent make many big plays; the Bulldogs converted only 12 first downs.

These lopsided wins have come thanks to an overall sound Trojan team who learned their lesson during non-district games.

“Our preparation changed,” Cox said. “We get after it in practice. We’re trying to limit all the big plays and I think that’s something that we learned in the first couple of non-district games.”

Jenks will be on the road again this Friday at Norman for another 7 p.m. kickoff. Follow that game with the Jenks Tribune social media or listen to play-by-play commentary on 107.9 The Franchise.

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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