Jenks football focuses on itself during bye-week
Through its first three games of the 2020 season, Jenks football sits at 2-1 with wins over Union and Springdale Har-Ber and a loss to Bixby.
The Trojans will open district play at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Enid, but before they make the trip west, Jenks will have this week to work on itself, get healthy and get some much-needed rest.
“It’s kind of a mixed blessing,” Jenks football coach Keith Riggs. “That Zero Week game comes awfully early. You never quite feel like you are ready for the first game with it coming a week earlier and losing that prep time. However, having that bye-week just before district play, really helps. When you play the type of non-district schedule we do, you are going to have some bumps and bruises, so it gives us a chance to regroup and get healthy.”
Riggs said it will be good for his team to focus on itself this week rather than an opponent.
“There is always some of that every week, but you really focus on it this week,” Riggs said. “I am happy wit where we are at right now. Certainly, we didn’t play a perfect game Friday, but we played really well. There are some things we need to continue to work on and get better., but in terms of where we are this early in the season, I am really pleased.”
Riggs noted that he is pleased with the progression of his players, both experienced and inexperienced.
“I think our experienced guys are playing really well,” Riggs said. “Some of our new guys, who are playing for the first time, have come along really well and have made a lot of progress from that first game to last Friday. I feel like we are in a pretty good position moving into district play.”
Riggs added that even though his team will be focused on itself this week, the coaches will start preparing for the first several district opponents.
“We are going to take advantage of the time we have this week to start getting ready for those first few district games,” Riggs said. “Last year, we were 1-2 at this point and not playing very well. This year, at 2-1, we’d love to have that Bixby game back, but what is important right now is we are playing good football. We are positioning ourselves really well moving into district play.”
Riggs said he wants his team to look forward.
“I think the pulse of the team is good right now,” Riggs said. “We just need to keep it rolling. A couple of things we want to improve on is regardless of how well we played last week or are playing, our focus has to be getting better. You can never sit back and relax and rest on where you have been. You have to keep moving forward. That applies to everything we do this week.”
In a typical game week, Jenks would have workdays Monday and Tuesdays and then lighter days Wednesday and Thursday.
Since there is no game this week, the Trojans will go through their workdays Tuesday and Wednesday with a modified scrimmage Thursday. They then will have a recovery day Friday and be released for the weekend.