Jenks corrals Yukon rushing attack in route to 31-point win
Following a week off due to COVID-19, Jenks handled business Friday with a 38-7 win over Yukon at Allan Trimble Stadium.
The Trojan defense held the Millers’ flexbone, triple-option rushing attack to more than 100 yards less than their per game average.
Yukon came into the game averaging 353 yards on the ground and Jenks kept them at 249 on the night.
“Just like we thought, it is tough to adjust to that offense,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “They had some big plays on us early, really proud of our defense though, they came out and made some adjustments and I thought they did a great job in the second half. We will see how the film looks, but it is a good win against a quality opponent, got our max points for district play and here in about 24 hours we will get ready for the next one. The offense did a really good job, had a couple of drives fizzle out, but overall, when you score 38 points against a good team, you are always going to have a chance.”
The Trojans got the scoring party started in the opening quarter with a touchdown drive on their opening possession capped by a five-yard run from Grant Lohr. Max Paskvan was solid with the extra-point and Jenks led 7-0 early.
Yukon didn’t wait long to respond. The Millers scored on their second play from scrimmage on a 74-yard touchdown run straight up the middle to even score at 7-7.
The two offenses continued to trade punches, as Jenks responded to Yukon’s touchdown by scoring another touchdown of its own on the second play of its next possession on a 19-yard pass from Stephen Kittleman to Griffin Forbes followed by the Paskvan PAT to make it 14-7, which would be the score heading into the second frame.
The Trojans got the ball back following a Yukon punt and Jenks went down the field again, this time capped by a nine-yard touchdown pass from Kittleman to Waylon Adams. Paskvan was again good with the extra-point and the score was 21-7 Trojans midway through quarter No. 2.
The defense then decided to join the scoring party on a Lohr interception and return for a touchdown from 42 yards out to make the count 28-7 following Paskvan’s PAT.
That would go on to be the halftime and end of third quarter score.
Jenks added 10 more points in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run from Lohr and a 32-yard field goal from Paskvan.
Lohr also earned his second interception of the game in the final quarter.
The Trojans finished the night with 297 yards of offense, including 168 on the ground and 129 in the air. On top of the 249 rushing yard Jenks allowed, Yukon had just 12 yards passing for a total of 261.
Jenks had 17 first downs, while the Millers had 13. The Trojans converted 3 of 6 third down attempts and Yukon converted just 1 of 8.
Kittleman finished the night with 129 yards in the air on 7 of 9 passing with two touchdowns. Lohr had 67 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns and Forbes had 65 yards rushing on six carries with one touchdown.
Glenver Jones had two receptions for 61 yards and Adams had two receptions for 27 yards with a touchdown. Linebacker Maxwell Mitcho had 10 tackles on the night for Jenks.
The win improves the Trojans’ record to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play, while the Millers are now 4-4 and 2-3 in league play.
Next up for Jenks will be a trip to Edmond Memorial with kickoff taking place at 7 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium.