FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Jenks set to open postseason with familiar face

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Jenks set to open postseason with familiar face

A little less than a year ago, Jenks took on Moore in the 6A-1 semifinals. The Trojans defeated the Lions easily in route to another state title game berth.

This year, Jenks will take on the Lions yet again in the playoffs, this time in the opening round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allan Trimble Stadium.

“They were very senior dominated when we played them last year, so a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “They, like a lot of teams, have had a revolving door of starters between injuries and quarantines. I think just looking at how players are starting to come back, they are starting to get all their guys back. Their record doesn’t show it, but when you watch film, they move the ball on everyone they play. They have talent and have guys, who can make plays, so we will have to be ready to play Friday.”

The Trojans finished the regular season with a 7-1 record and 5-0 mark in their district. Jenks’ lone loss came in the second week at Bixby 42-35.

Moore comes into the matchup with the Trojans with a 3-7 record and 2-5 mark in its district.

“Each year is a long season, so I think every year the playoffs rejuvenate you a little bit,” Riggs. “You understand the finality of the playoffs and what’s at stake, so the kids do get excited about it. This is what we are working for through all those weeks of practice and games and it is finally here, so it is exciting for everybody.”

In a normal year, the Lions would have not qualified for the postseason, but due to so many games being canceled across the state throughout the season, the OSSAA made the decision to allow all teams in all classes the opportunity to go to the playoffs.

“I think we are playing really well,” Riggs said. “We are getting close to having everyone back that we can have back. We are doing a lot of good things on the field. There are still things we need to work on and get better at, but I feel like we are in a good position going into the playoffs.”

Kyle Salomon

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