Jenks rolls over Norman North, showdown with Owasso awaits
Jenks made a statement Friday with its 63-16 win over Norman North in the 6A-1 quarterfinals at Allan Trimble Stadium.
The Trojans had five offensive possessions in the first half and scored touchdowns on all five taking a commanding 35-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Jenks coach Keith Riggs said he was proud of his team’s execution.
“We will know more when we watch film, but I felt like we played a really complete football game outside of a few penalties that I’d like to have back, but our execution was really good on both sides of the ball,” he said. We had some big plays in the run game and passing game. Stephen (Kittleman) had another great game.”
The Trojan starting defense held the Timberwolves scoreless and allowed 298 yards of offense, including 184 on the ground.
“Defensively, their strength is their running game, and we did a great job of taking that away from them,” Riggs said.
Running back and safety Grant Lohr was the star of the show with four touchdowns, all in the first half.
“He’s such a tough competitor,” Riggs said. “Everything he does, he does it all out. With his running style, rarely can the first guy get him down. He’s always going to get some extra yards. He’s got great vision, on that last touchdown, he did a great job. He gets a lot of talk about his offense, but defensively, he plays so well at that safety position with being able to come down and help stop the run, and he also plays great in the pass game.”
Jenks totaled 607 yards of offense, including 378 passing and 229 rushing and had 30 total first downs. The 607 yards of offense is the sixth most in school history and the 30 first downs are the second most.
Kittleman finished with 301 yards through the air and three touchdowns on 16 of 21 completions. Lohr totaled 120 yards on the ground and Jayden Patrick caught three passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Waylon Adams and Griffin Forbes also caught touchdown passes from Kittleman.
Second string quarterback Ike Owens got a lot of second-half snaps with the score out of hand and he took advantage. Owens passed for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
One of those touchdowns was a 61-yarder to Will Mulready and the other a five-yarder to Connor Bacon.
The Jenks defense turned Norman North over three times. Joey Havir had two interceptions on the night and Myles Phillips had a fumble recovery.
A.J. Brown was the leading tackler for the Trojans with seven in the game.
Riggs said he believes his team is playing as well as it has all year.
“I think we are. We are about as healthy as we could be right now,” he said. “You want to be playing your best ball this time of year and I think we are. We will find out exactly where we are next week against a really good Owasso team.”
It will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 when Jenks and Owasso face off next week in the 6A-1 semifinals. Jenks is 9-1 overall and Owasso is now 12-0 after beating Mustang 45-7 Friday.
The two rivals have not played this year. Their last meeting was in the 6A-1 state championship game a year ago with Owasso coming out on top.
The OSSAA has not officially released a date, time or location of the semifinal matchup, but it is expected to be played at 7 p.m. next Friday at Broken Arrow.
The Jenks Tribune will update the exact date, time and location when it is officially released Sunday.