Jenks aims to turn tide against Bixby

Jenks aims to turn tide against Bixby

If you are associated with Jenks football, the 2019 version of the Jenks-Bixby match up was one to forget.

The Spartans handed Jenks their worst loss since the early 1990’s with a 57-7 drubbing at Allan Trimble Stadium.

The Trojans went on to make a 6A-1 state championship game run and Bixby went on to go undefeated and capture another 6A-II state title.

At 7 p.m. Friday at Spartan Stadium in Bixby, Jenks will be looking for revenge.

“They lost a number of really good football players from last year’s team, but they haven’t dropped off much because of it,” Jenks football coach Keith Riggs said.

The Trojans (1-0) are coming off a 31-15 win last Friday at home against Springdale Har-Ber in their first game of the 2020 season, while the Spartans (1-0) come into the game after throttling Union 34-0.

Bixby is coached by Loren Montgomery, who was an assistant under former legendary Jenks coach Allan Trimble for many years.

The Spartans ran 61 plays against the Redskins and totaled 18 first downs. Braylin Presley was the start of the night with 271 all-purpose yards, including 185 on the ground and 67 receiving.

“Braylin Presley is an outstanding football player,” Riggs said. “He was last year as a sophomore and really showed against Union how good he really is. Defensively for us, he is going to be the key, is finding a way to slow him down and contain him. They move him around a lot to get him in open space.”

Bixby quarterback Mason Williams threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

“Their quarterback is back from last year. He does a great job of just buying some extra time in the pocket,” Riggs said. “They have a number of offensive weapons.”

Jack Puckett was the highlight defensive player for the Spartans. He had nine tackles and three sacks against Union.

“Defensively, they have always been a defense that likes to attack,” Riggs said. “They like to force you into bad plays and bad decisions and get you behind the chains. Offensively, it is going to be vitally important that we are very sound, we know and execute our assignments and we get those second and short and third and short downs instead of second and long and third and long situations.”

The Trojans ran 41 plays against Springdale Har-Ber and had 15 first downs. Quarterback Stephen Kittleman threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Grant Lohr rushed for 100 yards and Jayden Patrick had 61 yards receiving.

Tyson Ward led in tackles with 13 and had interception, which he took back for a touchdown.

Last year, Bixby jumped on Jenks early and kept the foot on the pedal. The Trojans will look to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“Certainly, a good start always helps, no matter who you are playing, and we don’t want to get off to the same start as last year,” Riggs said. “We are little older and a little wiser this year, so if things don’t go our way right at first, I think our kids have the experience now that they won’t panic. The experience level of our team and the seniors we have on our team that went through that last year will help this year. Whether it is the first quarter or another quarter, we will face some adversity against a good Bixby team. We will be a little better prepared for it this year than we were last year.”

Riggs said the focus will be on playing well this year and not worrying about what happened a year ago.

“Our kids want to prove that last year just wasn’t indicative of Jenks Trojan football,” Riggs said. “I think it is key to not let them get to hyped up. We still need to work on us and focus on us in the process. We will not spend a lot of time talking about getting them back for last year or revenge from last year.”

Kyle Salomon

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