Jenks blanks Union in 2020 MidFirst Bank Backyard Bowl
Jenks used a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive performance Friday to down rival Union 28-0 at Allan Trimble Stadium.
It was the first time since 1998 that the Redskins have played in Jenks, but this version went a little different than the one 22 years ago.
“I am very happy,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “I am proud of our kids. They played as close to a complete game as we have so far this year. Defensively, anytime you get a shutout against anyone, is huge for your defense. Offensively, we played well in the first half. We were able to run the ball on early downs and it gave us options in the passing game. I thought Stephen (Kittleman) played very well. There were a few drops, or his numbers would have been even better. I think this may have been his best game of the year so far.”
The Trojans struck first with 2:10 left in the opening quarter on a Stephen Kittleman pass to Jayden Patrick from 27 yards out. Joey Havir was good with the extra-point and Jenks led 7-0 early.
At the 7:58 mark of the second quarter, the Trojans made it 14-0 on another Kittleman strike from 22 yards out to Waylon Adams and a Havir extra-point.
Jenks would add one more touchdown before halftime at the 3:37 mark of the second frame on wide receiver pass from Patrick to Ty Walls. Havir was successful on the extra-point and the score was 21-0 Trojans at the break.
Jenks got the ball to start the second half and sent a message to Union that there would be no let up coming out of the locker room. The Trojans went on a six-plus minute drive capped off by a Grant Lohr four-yard run and a Havir extra-point to make the score 28-0 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.
“I thought the difference in the game, even though we were up 21-0, to come out in the third quarter and put together a six-and-a-half minute drive for a touchdown was huge and set the tone for the second half,” Riggs said.
The Trojans finished the game with 281 yards of offense on 55 plays. Jenks passed for 154 yards and rushed for 127. The Trojans had 19 first downs and were 6 of 12 on third downs.
Kittleman had 131 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 17 passing. Patrick was 1 of 1 for 23 yards and a touchdown.
“It is a great feeling, especially because against Bixby, we played so sloppy and made a lot of mistakes,” Kittleman said. “We put a high emphasis on paying attention to the little things this week and it is great to see it come full circle a little bit and play well tonight. This coming week, we need to focus on getting healthy. That will be a big priority and we also need to continue to pay attention to the little things. That is what makes Jenks football so great, being fundamentally sound and disciplined.”
Lohr finished with 70 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Griffin Forbes had 10 carries for 45 yards and Brock Smith had nine carries for 30 yards.
Patrick caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Adams had four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Walls finished with one catch for 23 yards and a touchdown. Jalyn Standford had two catches for 20 yards. Forbes had two catches for 15 yards. Lohr had two catches for 14 yards and Glenver Jones caught one pass for nine yards.
“Our receivers, as new as they are, they are growing up and getting better every day,” Riggs said. “I thought they played a lot better in this game than they did last game and ultimately, that is what we are striving for.”
The Redskins totaled 182 yards of offense on 45 plays, including 110 yards on the ground and 72 in the air.
The Trojans forced two turnovers, Patrick on an interception in the end zone for a touchback and Chase Jackson with a fumble recovery in the first quarter.
Kaiden Vannoy led the Trojans in tackles with 11.5. Thurber Coleman had 10.5 tackles. Lohr had nine tackles and two sacks. A.J. Brown finished with 9.5 tackles. Patrick had 8.5. Tyson Ward had 6.5. Standford had 5.5. Havir had five. Jackson had five. Chance Luna had five. Ethan Bilgrien had three. Ashton Paul had three. Cade Stacy had two. Collin Parr had two. Marcos Mendoza had two. Tim Pennington had 1.5. Forbes had 1.5. Cole Whittington had 1.5 and Montre Samuels Parker had 1.5.
Jenks had seven penalties for 55 yards and Union had nine for 60.
The Trojans will have next week off before opening district play at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Enid.
“We want to get healthy this next week and then zone in on things we need to get fixed and try and get better,” Riggs said. “Not having to prepare for an opponent allows us to do that more. That will be our focus along with getting healthy. We will enjoy this one tonight and tomorrow morning and then move forward.”