Jenks takes care of business in road trip to Edmond Memorial
Jenks didn’t waste any time jumping on Edmond Memorial Friday in the Trojans’ 48-6 romping at Bulldog Stadium.
Even though the offense scored 48 points, it was the defense and special teams who caught the eye of the Trojan head coach.
“The defense played well,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “We gave up a couple of first downs early and then after that, they really locked in and got some three-and-outs. Our special teams did a great job. The punt return team got a block and another tackle for loss on a bad snap. Those short fields and quick scores are great for your team to get up and get the momentum rolling.”
No. 2 ranked Jenks took the game’s opening possession and went quickly down the field for a touchdown on a 16-yard connection from Stephen Kittleman to Jayden Patrick. The extra-point attempt was unsuccessful, and the Trojans led 6-0 early.
Edmond Memorial picked up a couple of first downs on its first possession, but Jenks’ defense then forced a punt attempt, which was blown up by a poor snap and gave the Trojans good field position on the Bulldogs’ side of the 50.
Jenks took advantage of the short field and Grant Lohr scored from 11 yards out to cap the quick drive. Max Paskvan was good with the point after attempt and the Trojans led 13-0.
After a three-and-out from Edmond Memorial, Jenks’ special teams came through again, this time with a blocked punt and recovery giving the Trojan offense another short field.
Another quick drive and touchdown scamper from Lohr, this one from four yards out, from Jenks made the score 20-0 following the Paskvan extra-point.
That would be the score at the end of one quarter.
“The special teams did a really good job,” Riggs said. “It is easy to forget about them sometimes, but special teams can put you in a bind and then on the flipside, like tonight, they can make the difference. They really did tonight from our punt return team, and I thought our kickoff coverage was really good. Those things are going to become important as we head into the playoffs.”
The Trojan offense wasn’t as potent in the second frame, but the defense stayed strong not allowing the Bulldogs on the Jenks’ side of the 50 the entire first half. The Trojans’ one touchdown in the second quarter was a one-yard run from Lohr followed by a Paskvan PAT to give Jenks a halftime lead of 27-0.
The Trojans added 21 points in the third quarter on two Griffin Forbes’ runs, one from four yards and the other from two yards, and another connection from Kittleman to Patrick, this one from 43 yards. Paskvan was good with all three extra-points and Jenks led 48-0 after three.
Edmond Memorial scored the lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run but missed the extra-point to make the final 48-6.
The Trojans finished the game with 371 yards of offense, 190 passing and 181 on the ground. Jenks had 20 first downs and converted on 3 of 8 on third down.
Kittleman had 190 yards passing on 12 of 18 completions with two touchdowns. Lohr finished with 86 yards rushing on 11 carries with three touchdowns and Patrick had 104 yards receiving on five catches with two touchdowns.
The Trojan defense allowed the Bulldogs to total 158 yards with 133 coming on the ground and 25 in the air. Edmond Memorial had 14 first downs and converted 4 of 16 third downs.
Jenks’ Thurber Coleman had 14.5 tackles to lead the way for the defense.
Neither team had a turnover in the game.
The win improves the Trojans’ record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in district play. Next up for Jenks is another road trip, this time to Westmoore at 7 p.m. Thursday.
It will be the final tune-up for the Trojans, who begin their postseason run Nov. 13.