Jenks set to open season with Springdale Har-Ber

Jenks set to open season with Springdale Har-Ber

Jenks football will open the 2020 regular season at 7:05 p.m. tonight against Springdale Har-Ber at Allan Trimble Stadium.

It will be the third matchup between the Trojans and Har-Ber. Jenks split with the northwest-Arkansas school several years ago in a home-and-home.

“Springdale Har-Ber opened their high school in the mid-2000’s and they have been a contender in Arkansas every year since then,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “They are very well-coached. Coach (Chris) Wood does an outstanding job. They have a great team every year. They are always well prepared, and they have some great athletes. It is going to be a great match-up for us.”

Jenks took down Muskogee and Booker T. Washington last Friday in the annual Trojan Preview, but Riggs said he wants to continue to see improvement out of his team.

“We had some unforced errors last Friday, that as a coach is frustrating,” Riggs said. “Those are some things we should be better at, so we want to make those corrections this week and not have those mental busts and go compete at a high level. You can overcome some mistakes when you go play with great effort and great intensity. We did that last Friday and need to do that this week.”

Riggs said Springdale Har-Ber will bring a balanced attack on offense and a lot of size and speed on defense.

“They are a really balanced run-pass team,” Riggs said. “They get into multiple sets. They have a very good tight end they like to move around. They will flex him out at receiver and use him in the backfield. They have a strong running game. They like to work downhill, but they can pass the ball as well. Defensively, they are very big up front. Their defensive linemen are all above 300 pounds and their safeties and corners are fast. They run to the football and do a great job pursuing.”

Springdale Har-Ber comes into the game ranked 14th in Arkansas to open the season. They are coached by Chris Wood. They finished 8-4 in 2019 and closed the season ranked 13th.

Kyle Salomon

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