Jenks overcomes 17-0 deficit to defeat Broken Arrow
Despite trailing Broken Arrow by 17 points twice in the first half and 13 points in the second half, Jenks stormed back to take down the Tigers 38-30 Friday at Allan Trimble Stadium.
With 10:43 remaining in the second quarter, the Class 6A-1 No. 2 ranked Trojans watched Broken Arrow recover a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown to go up 17-0.
From that point on, Jenks outscored the Tigers 38-13.
“This game is a testament to our kids for their resiliency,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “I reminded them we can’t get it all back in one play, we just have to play the next play and win the next play and turn around and win the next and turnaround and win the next play and before you know it, we are back in the football game. They did everything we asked them to do in the second half, very proud of them.”
The Trojans got their first score on a Stephen Kittleman 50-yard pass to Jayden Patrick followed by a Max Paskvan extra-point to make the score 17-7 with 8:24 remaining in the first half.
Broken Arrow responded quickly with a touchdown drive of its own to go back up 17 at 24-7 with 6:57 left in the second quarter.
Jenks then went on another scoring drive capped off by another Kittleman touchdown pass, this time to Ty Walls from 30 yards out to make the score 24-14 following the Paskvan PAT.
The Trojan defense stepped up on the next possession and forced the Tigers’ first punt after a three-and-out that gave the Jenks offense 45 seconds to work with prior to halftime.
The Trojans took advantage and drove to the BA 19-yardline before Paskvan nailed a 36-yard field goal to make the score 24-17 heading into the locker room.
Broken Arrow seized back some momentum to open the second half with a touchdown drive, but a missed extra-point only gave the tigers a 30-17 advantage with 10:16 remaining in the third frame.
That is when Jenks would go on a 21-0 run to end the game.
Grant Lohr had an eight-yard touchdown scamper, Kittleman connected with Lohr from 29 yards out for a touchdown and Patrick took a three-yard run into the end zone around the right side on third and goal to give the Trojans an eight-point lead after Paskvan was good with all three extra-points.
“That (final) drive was huge,” Riggs said. “We ate up six-and-a-half minutes in the process. We had some huge runs by Grant Lohr. We had some key plays by Stephen Kittleman and Jayden Patrick, but that was a huge drive right there to get that eight-point lead and eat up a lot of clock.”
Broken Arrow drove just across midfield into Jenks territory, but failed to convert on a fourth and one with nine seconds left, which secured the victory for the Trojans.
“We didn’t make very many adjustments,” Riggs said. “Our game plan we still felt was good. We just needed to execute it better was the bottom line. Broken Arrow really got after us in the first half and got us out of our rhythm. We just needed to go back and work our game plan. It was a great job by our coaches to get our kids going back in the right direction and our kids executing.”
Jenks had 491 yards of offense on 267 passing and 224 rushing.
The Trojans had 24 first downs and converted three of eight third downs.
Kittleman finished with 267 yards on 15 of 21 passing with three touchdowns. Lohr had 187 yards on the ground with one touchdown on 24 carries and Walls finished with 105 yards receiving and one touchdown on four receptions.
Jenks’ defense held the Tigers to 268 yards of offense, including 192 rushing and 76 passing.
The Trojans allowed 13 first downs and allowed Broken Arrow to convert 6 of 12 third downs.
Tyson Ward had 12 tackles in the game for Jenks.
Neither team had a turnover.
The win improves the Trojans’ record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in district play. Broken Arrow is now 2-2 overall and 0-1.
Up next for Jenks is a trip west to Norman at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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