Trojans set to open district play with trip west
Following a week off for its bye-week, Jenks football is set to open district play at 7 p.m. Friday at Enid.
The Trojans and Plainsmen both enter the game with 2-1 records.
Jenks comes into the Dr. Bruce Selby Stadium with wins over Springdale Har-Ber (Arkansas) and Union and a loss to Bixby. Enid, coached by former Oklahoma State star receiver Rashaun Woods, comes into the game with wins over Madill and Ponca City and a loss to Lawton MacArthur.
“The bye-week was good,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “A bye-week is hard. You get used to preparing for an opponent each week. I thought our practices went very well. We got some things accomplished and healed up some bumps and bruises.”
Riggs said Enid is a much-improved team from last year.
“Coach Woods has done a very good job with them,” Riggs said. “I thought they got better last year as the year went along. They have played well these first few games and are 2-1. They are very big up front on both sides of the ball. It will be a good district game for us. They are not real multiple on defense. They try to get into one formation and be very good at it. Offensively, they want to run the football. They want to throw when they want to throw, not what they have to, and they have done a good job of that so far this year.”
The Trojans host Broken Arrow the week following their matchup with Enid, but Riggs said he is not worried about his team looking ahead to the Tigers.
“You have that risk anytime you have a big game looming out there a week or two away,” Riggs said. “Our coaches will do a great job this week in our preparation and practice plans to focus on the right things and things we need do for this week, and I think the kids will respond to that.”
Riggs said getting off to a fast start is important but being ready to play a full game is crucial.
“You also have to have your kids prepared if things don’t go right at first,” Riggs said. “They have to be able to respond. Fast starts are always great, but no one writes about the first quarter or first half, it’s always the end of the game, so you have to have your kids ready to play a whole game.”
Riggs said he is pleased with some of the young players, who have had to step in and play because of several injuries the Trojans have faced early in the season.
“With our experience, a lot of our guys were a known quantity,” Riggs said. “We have had to throw some guys intro the fire, who weren’t necessarily ready, and they have responded very well. The guys, who have had to step in for some injured players have really done a good job stepping up and making plays and making a difference on both sides of the ball.”