Jenks returns to action Friday against Yukon

Jenks returns to action Friday against Yukon

Eight days following its cancelation with Edmond Santa Fe, 6A-1 No. 2 Jenks will host Yukon at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allan Trimble Stadium.

The Trojans were all set to host the T-Wolves last Thursday, but COVID-19 had other ideas and the game was canceled.

It was the second time this season, the pandemic has taken away a game from Jenks, but coach Keith Riggs said his team will not let the situation get them down.

“We are doing as well as we can under the circumstances,” Riggs said. “Losing that game last week was hard no matter what side of the coin you were on. This team has been so resilient in everything that has come its way and I don’t have any reason to believe any different this time.”

The Trojans come into the match up with the Millers with a 4-1 overall record and 2-0 mark in the district, while Yukon is 4-3 and 2-2 in district play. The Millers have not had a game canceled due to COVID-19 so far this year.

Yukon took on Broken Arrow last week and nearly upset the Tigers with a 27-22 loss at home. It took a touchdown with only seconds remaining for BA to beat the Millers, who are coached by Jeremy Reed.

“Coach Reed does a great job with that program,” Riggs said. “I have been really impressed with how much they have improved every year. They are definitely better this year. They had chances to win that game last week against Broken Arrow. They run an offense that is very difficult to prepare for from the standpoint of you only see it once a year and it’s not realistic for your scout team to give you a good look at it because they don’t ever do it. That first quarter is vital to adjusting because they do a great job of running it.”

Yukon brought back defensive coordinator Craig Hubbard, who came to the Millers with Reed in 2016. Hubbard took the defensive coordinator job with Hennessey in 2019 but is now back on the Yukon sidelines.

“They have installed a new defense and it is also one of those that is not easy to prepare for,” Riggs said. “You don’t see it often. They have done a great job of getting it installed and getting their kids ready. It will be a great challenge for us, especially after missing a week. They play extremely hard and do a great job on both sides of the ball and our kids will see that on film.”

Riggs said his team will go through a typical week of practice.

“We got a little practice in after the announcement last week just to polish things up and get an early preview of Yukon,” Riggs said.

Going into Week Eight in a normal year, being at full strength is a rarity for high school football teams, with the pandemic also taking its toll, Riggs said his team has not been at full strength since the start of the season.

“We haven’t been at full strength yet this year between injuries and the pandemic,” Riggs said. “We are looking forward to that time when we can be, but not sure when that will happen. In talking with other coaches, everyone is experiencing the same things.”

Kyle Salomon

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