Jenks throttles Westmoore, closes district season unbeaten
MOORE – For the first quarter-and-a-half Thursday, Jenks and Westmoore traded punches with both teams’ offenses finding success early in the game.
The Jaguars had just knotted the score at 14-14 and were having success in the short passing game against the Trojan defense.
Jenks then went on a 35-0 run and seized control of the game and went on to beat Westmoore 49-21 to close out the regular season at 7-1 and 5-0 in district play.
“We started out a little slow defensively. They had a great game plan,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “Try to get a guy in space and make one guy miss and get a big play. It took us a little time to adjust to those. We eventually did and were able to take those away and force them to do something else and that was the key for us tonight.”
Seniors Jayden Patrick and Grant Lohr each had three touchdowns on the night. Patrick got the scoring party started with an interception return for a touchdown on the first possession of the game. He then scored his second touchdown on a 29-yard connection from Stephen Kittleman and his third on another connection from Kittleman, this one from 65 yards.
Lohr scored all three of his touchdowns on the ground. The senior running back had scoring runs of one, three and 50 yards in the game.
Griffin Forbes was the only other Trojan to get into the end zone Thursday with a six-yard scamper.
Max Paskvan was a perfect 7 of 7 on point after attempts.
Westmoore’s third touchdown came in the fourth quarter against the Jenks reserves.
“It’s kind of a dangerous game because Westmoore has talent, their quarterback is really, really good,” Riggs said. “They have made some fourth-quarter comebacks throughout the season. You certainly don’t want to overlook them and let them stay in the game and have a chance at another one of those fourth-quarter comebacks.”
Jenks rolled up 448 yards of offense, including 267 passing and 182 rushing. The Trojans had 18 first downs and converted 4 of 10 on third down.
Kittleman finished with 267 yards passing on 14 of 17 completions with two touchdowns and one interception. Lohr had 13 carries for 112 yards with three touchdowns and Patrick caught four passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns.
The Trojan defense allowed Westmoore to rack up 256 yards of offense, including 178 passing and 78 rushing. Jenks allowed 12 first downs and allowed the Jaguars to convert on 6 of 12 third downs.
Tyson Ward led the way for Jenks with 18.5 tackles. Patrick and Ashton Paul each had an interception.
The Trojans had three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) and Westmoore had two turnovers (interceptions). Jenks was penalized 10 times for 95 yards and the Jaguars were flagged six times for 70 yards.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Riggs said. “Especially coming out in the second half and taking care of business, really proud of our kids.”
Next up for No. 2 ranked Jenks is the 6A-1 playoffs. With the win Thursday, the Trojans secured at least a No. 2 seed in the district and will host two playoff games.
Jenks needs Edmond Santa Fe to lose Friday to Norman to get the No. 1 seed. If the Wolves beat the Tigers Friday, both Edmond Santa Fe and the Trojans will be unbeaten in district play, but since the Wolves will have six district wins compared to Jenks’ five, Santa Fe will get the nod.
Be on the lookout for next week’s Jenks Tribune, as it will have the Football Playoff Preview Special Section previewing the 6A-1 playoff bracket.