Non-district game are tricky. You play top level talent, usually against a rival, and it has no bearing on your district standings, yet you want to win, and you want to play well. If you drop a game or two, you use it as a learning opportunity. Here are five reasons why Owasso was better than Jenks on Friday night.
5 – Energy. The Owasso players seemed to have more energy. Whether they were on the field or on the sideline. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Jenks started to mount a comeback, before you felt the energy swing the other way.
4 – Taking chances. Owasso was not afraid to throw the ball. In fact, on one series they threw it deep down the sideline to the same receiver three times in a row before he made the reception. The Rams offense felt they could do no wrong and part of that was reason No. 3.
3 – Trench warfare. The Rams offensive line was dominant. They were drive blocking, pulling and giving their QB plenty of time to survey the field. No line is perfect, but as the season moves forward, this line will only get better, and it’s already pretty darn good.
2 – Defense wins. All the early talk was about the Owasso offense, but the defense really stepped up and played great. When your opponent lacks a passing game, it allows you to pin your ears back and get after it. That’s exactly what the Rams did.
1 – In the positive. Picking up positive yards on first and second down is crucial. Owasso’s defense made Jenks work for every yard and keeping them in third and long was a big reason the Jenks offense struggled to move the ball downfield.
Here is the biggest shock of all. Both teams are going to be playoff contenders. Are either ready for Union or Bixby? One question has been answered, the other question gets answered this Friday night.
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