Jenks will close regular season Thursday with road trip to Westmoore

Jenks will close regular season Thursday with road trip to Westmoore

Jenks will get its final tune-up before the playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday with a road trip to Westmoore.

The Trojan come into the game ranked No. 2 in 6A-1 and with a 6-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in district play. The Jaguars enter the matchup with Jenks with a 5-3 record and 3-2 mark in the district.

Westmoore has had one game cancelled this year due to the pandemic, while the Trojans have had two canceled.

Jenks coach Keith Riggs said Westmoore will present challenges Thursday for the Trojans.

“It all starts with their quarterback,” Riggs said. “He is a three-year starter for them. He had a knee injury last year, so he didn’t play against us. He runs and passes the ball really well. He has led them from behind several times this year in the fourth quarter to come back and win. They never feel like they are out of a game with him at quarterback.”

Riggs said the Jaguars play an attack style of defense.

“They are primarily a man coverage team,” Riggs said. “They are going to man you up and get as many people in the box as they can and try to force you into mistakes. They have been that defensive style for a while now, so it won’t be a surprise.”

Riggs said with the playoffs looming it is important that his players stay focused on their preparation for Westmoore.

“It is difficult when you get this close to the playoffs,” Riggs said. “You start looking at what the potential matchups are and what part of the bracket we are potentially in, but we need to stay focused each day on our preparation. One thing as coaches we have to model great behavior there and keep our focus on Westmoore and that will help the kids stay focused. This week is no different than every other week previously. We are preparing for those big games down the road.”

Riggs said playing on Thursday is a mixed blessing because you lose a day of preparation, but after its over to have an extra day of rest for the kids is good.

“As coaches, you get to take a deep breath, possibly go watch some games Friday, so even though you lose some preparation time, there are some good sides to it,” Riggs said. “Overall, I have been very pleased with how our team has progressed each week. We have improved in one or more areas every week. We have had some young guys step up and I have been really happy with that and I want to see that continue against Westmoore. We want to continue to get better, so that come Week 11, we are playing our best football.”

If the Trojans win Thursday, they will have locked up the No. 2 seed in the district. Even though Jenks will finish with a perfect 5-0 mark in the district, Edmond Santa Fe, if they beat Norman Friday, will have a 6-0 record in the district, which would give the Wolves the nod over the Trojans for the 1-seed.

If Jenks finishes with the No. 2 seed, the Trojans will host the No. 7 seed from District II next week to open the postseason.

Kyle Salomon

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