Grant Lohr joins father, uncle in championship legacy
When the game clock hit all zeroes Saturday in Edmond, Jenks senior Grant Lohr and the Trojans won their 17th state championship in program history.
However, Grant was not the first Lohr to bring home the gold ball. Grant’s father, Jason Lohr and uncle, Brandon Lohr won multiple state titles in the late 1990’s.
Jason won two and Brandon won three making it six total state championships for the Lohr family.
“It’s pretty amazing. It’s pretty cool to join my dad and my uncle,” Grant said. “I don’t think you can say often there are three people in a family, who have won state championships with the same high school. It’s something we all three worked to achieve, so it’s pretty amazing.”
Grant’s father, Jason, who played his college football at Nebraska, said it was surreal watching his son win a state title because it seems like yesterday when he was winning a couple himself.
“To watch him and the hard work and not knowing if you’re going to have a season from week-to-week and miss a couple games, it was just very rewarding,” Jason said. “It was more exciting to see him win, and I was more elated than when I won. It was just crazy trying to realize what happened, I won it, my brother won it and now my son is winning it. It is crazy to think that. You just don’t see that very often. Not a lot of people can say they have a dad, uncle, and now him win a championship at the same school.”
Grant’s uncle, Brandon, who played his college football at Tulsa, said it was special and as they were taking a picture Saturday after the game, he started to think about how many rings they have between them.
“You could almost write a book about it,” Brandon said. “I don’t think we realize how blessed we are, to even win just one, and I was blessed to have three. It’s definitely special. The past few years didn’t go the way that they wanted, but to finish his senior year and to be on top and to be a champion, you can’t put it into words.”
Grant said even though he wasn’t born yet when his dad and uncle put on the Jenks uniforms, he knows they played for some phenomenal teams.
“When my dad was playing, they used to call their defense the “Legion of Doom”,” Grant said. “It’s pretty cool, they were pretty great teams. They can’t make fun of me anymore for not having a state championship. It feels pretty great to join them in that legacy and carry on that legacy for them.”
Jason said with what Grant and his teammates have gone through this year with the pandemic, it is more impressive than anything his or his brother’s teams did in the late 90’s.
“Comparing teams is tough, but this year, they proved no matter any obstacle, they were going to be up for the challenge and not be denied,” Jason said. “It’s just a testament to them and what they have done. They were limited on what they could do in terms of spring practice and summer workouts, and we weren’t. What they did under those circumstances was truly amazing.”
Grant and Jason have not always lived in the Jenks school district. For the first half of Grant’s life, the family lived in Edmond and Grant was set to attend high school at Edmond Santa Fe, who ironically Jenks beat Saturday in the 6A-1 state championship game at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“It’s pretty cool,” Grant said. “Back in sixth grade, we played our championship game at UCO and I played with a bunch of those dudes, so it is pretty surreal how it can end against a school where I would have gone if I wouldn’t have moved to Jenks in that same stadium.”
Jason said he never thought the opportunity to move back to the Jenks area would happen and he thought Grant would be playing high school football in Edmond.
“He won a championship at UCO in his sixth-grade year with his Edmond team and then to win a state championship at UCO with Jenks is crazy and something you couldn’t fathom.”
With Grant, Jason and Brandon all winning state championships, the question of who would be able to stop who has come up.
Jason said it would be a challenge to stop Grant and the Jenks offense this year, but he and his brother’s group would be up for the task.
“They like to run the ball this year,” Jason said. “Other teams knew that, and they still couldn’t stop them, which is a testament to what they did. No matter what was going to happen, they were going to try and run the ball. Of course, you had other weapons outside that they could throw to. It would have been a challenge and we would have been up for it. What would have happened, I don’t know, but it would have been fun, and it is fun to think about. They put up a lot of points this year and defensively played well. It would have been interesting. He is a better athlete than I ever was.”
Brandon said he never thought about it until now that Grant has a title.
“I guess I can’t make fun of him anymore for not having a ring, so I guess now we can kid about who would stop who,” Brandon said. “I never thought about that, but we will have to give him a hard time about being able to stop him, especially when he was running the ball.”
Grant said he has thought about it before and it would be fun to play against former Jenks legends like his father, his uncle, Sean Mahan and Rocky Calmus, but says the game is different now than it was back then.
“I think maybe back then, it was a little more physical than it is now,” Grant said. “I think this is the best offensive line we have had in probably five or six years. I think it would be a tough challenge, but I think we would be up to it.”