Trojans make statement with win over Mustang
MUSTANG – It was unchartered waters for Jenks football on the road for the first round of the playoffs.
The Trojans ended their regular season 6-4, giving them the three seed in Class 6A-I Division I. This put them on the road facing the turnaround Mustang Broncos. Jenks walked out of Mustang with a 55-28 statement win.
“We just wanted to show that we’re the best team in the state and we wanted everyone to know it,” senior offensive lineman Max Johnson said. “We wanted to be humble going into the game. We knew they were an athletic team and we just had to play to the best of our ability.”
It didn’t take long for the Trojans to send their message.
Jenks came out of the gate on a mission, going up 21-0 by the halftime break. Senior running back Will Cox scored the first two, quarterback Stephen Kittleman connected with Justin Murphy late in the second period to ensure the Trojans had momentum going into the break.
Mustang wasted no time in the third quarter getting on the board. Bronco quarterback Hayden Conrad hit Khary Brown for an 82-yard score.
Jenks would go on to score on each of its next three possessions. Mustang answered with one of its own after, closing the deficit to 40-14.
Kittleman would close the third period with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Bo Estes. Grant Lohr sealed the game with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter with a pick six, putting Jenks up 55-14.
Mustang would go on to score two touchdowns in the fourth for a 55-28 final score.
The Trojans outgained the Broncos on offense 537 to 438. Cox led the team in rushing yards, collection 150 of the 266 rushing yards. Cox eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards on the season with his outing.
Kittleman was 16-for-25 with 271 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Justin Murphy secured four catches for 97 yards, a team high. Bo Estes grabbed six receptions for 79 yards.
The Trojan defense limited the Broncos to just 98 rushing yards and forced two turnovers.
The win moves Jenks on to the semifinal round where Moore awaits. The fourth-seeded Lions upset top ranked Edmond Santa Fe in the quarterfinals. Edmond Santa Fe had notable wins over Broken Arrow and Jenks during the regular season.
Moore and Jenks will play Friday at Edmond North High School at 7 p.m. The Trojans will be ready for the challenge.
“We take it one day at a time,” Johnson said after the game. “We’ll come in on Monday, watch some film on them and game plan.”