Six turnovers propel Jenks to win over Springdale Har-Ber
Jenks used six turnovers to engineer a season-opening victory Friday against Springdale Har-Ber 31-15 at Allan Trimble Stadium.
The Trojans intercepted five Wildcat passes and recovered one fumble. Defensive backs Cade Stacy and Joey Havir had two interceptions apiece and linebacker Tyson Ward had one, but Ward’s interception went for a touchdown in the third quarter that put Jenks on top 31-7.
The one fumble recovery was by linebacker Kaiden Vannoy.
“The turnovers are huge,” Jenks football coach Keith Riggs said. “Coach (Adam) Gaylor (defensive coordinator) told them before the game in our meeting that he wanted three turnovers and we were able to get a bunch more than that. Anytime you can win the turnover battle by that kind of margin is huge.”
Jenks (1-0) jumped out to an early lead on Springdale Har-Ber (0-1) behind a 37-yard field from Max Paskvan to cap the opening possession and a 98-yard touchdown drive capped by a 22-yard screen pass from quarterback Stephen Kittleman to running back Grant Lohr to make it 10-0 Trojans after one quarter.
Jenks went up 17-0 after Kittleman found receiver Ty Walls for a 42-yard touchdown connection, but the Wildcats roared back with an 80-yard scoring drive of their own to cut the lead to 17-7 before the end of the first half.
The Trojan defense forced a punt from Har-Ber to open the third quarter and on the first play from scrimmage for Jenks in the second half, Lohr scampered around the left side for a 47-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-7.
Following Ward’s pick six to end the third quarter, the Arkansas team went on another 80-yard scoring drive and a successful two-point conversion attempt to make the score 31-15.
Jenks and Springdale traded scoreless possessions before the Trojans were able to get the ball back and run the clock out to secure the 16-point win.
The Trojans ran 41 plays on the night for 419 yards with 217 coming on the ground and 202 coming through the air. Har-Ber ran 75 plays for 382 yards with 196 coming through the air and 186 on the ground.
“We had a bunch of good plays defensively up front and we had some busts where they got some big runs on us,” Riggs said. “We’ll watch those and make some corrections, but I think in the long run, we are going to have a really good defensive line.”
Jenks won the turnover battle, as the Trojans only committed two in the game on interceptions by Kittleman.
The Trojans finished with 15 first downs and converted 4 of 7 on third down. The Wildcats totaled 23 first downs and were 6 of 15 on third down.
Kittleman finished the night with 202 yards passing and two touchdowns with two interceptions on 11 of 20 completions.
Lohr had 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Griffin Forbes rushed for 82 yards on three carries. Brock Smith had eight carries for 35 yards and Jalyn Standford carried the ball twice for no yards.
Jayden Patrick finished the game with 61 yards receiving on three catches. Waylon Adams had two receptions for 43 yards. Walls totaled 42 yards receiving on one catch with one touchdown. Glenver Jones finished with 24 yards on two receptions. Lohr had one reception for 22 yards and a touchdown. Forbes had six yards on one catch and Will Mulready had four yards on one reception.
Ward led the Trojans in tackles with seven. Havir had 6.5 on the night. Chase Jackson finished with six in the game. Vannoy had five. Standford and Montre Samuels Parker each had 4.5. Ethan Bilgrien had four. Lohr, Cooper Crissup and A.J. Brown each had three. Jones finished with two. Stacy had 1.5 and Coleman Thurber, Mulready, Forbes, Trey Burger and Gustavo Patino-Uribe each had one.
“We showed a lot of fight tonight,” Riggs said. “It was not going to be perfect our first time out when it really counts against a very good football team. I think Har-Ber is going to win a lot of football games this year. I was proud of our kids. They kept fighting. One thing they have learned to do over the past two years is deal with adversity. I thought they dealt with it today and were able to respond and ultimately get the win.”
Next up for Jenks is a road trip next Friday to Bixby. The Spartans are 1-0 after beating Union 34-0 Friday to open their season.
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