Jenks Dominant in Midfirst Bank Backyard Bowl
Brad’s Take: The 2-0 Redhawks made the rare roadie to Allan Trimble Stadium to face the winless Trojans, but an 0-2 start can be a motivator. This game came down the Jenks refusing to go 0-3, the offense displaying an effective run game and turnovers. Union had four of them and the Trojans turned those into points. The freshman phenom, Semaj Stanford had a pick-6 off the recently offered OSU prospect Shaker Reisig. Give the Redhawks some credit. They came back and made it a contest after being down 7-28 at the half. But the run game was everything for the Trojans. It’s clear, Jenks is a running team. Everyone should know that after this performance.
The Trojans rushed for 218 yards with KD Jones accounting for 161-yards on 24 carries. He also threw his first varsity touchdown on a halfback option pass. Jenks only went 3 of 9 on third down conversions but getting big chunks of yards on 1st and 2nd down made the difference. Special team played big for Jenks with Jack Franklin nailing a 47-yard field goal. Union had their moments. Jordan Schelling had several big runs and found the endzone, contributing to the Redhawks 212-yards on the ground. Ten penalties hurt Union, including an offsides penalty on 4th and two to end the game.
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Bixby Big, Sand Springs Real Winner
Brad’s Take: The best team in the state, according to the VYPE Plus Power 20 rankings, took out the Charles Page Sandites, 61-7. But what did Bixby get out of the win? A few young guys got some PT. Maybe they fine-tuned the passing game or special teams? Sand Springs got more out of this loss than Bixby got out of the win. Coach Bobby Klinck and his staff want their players competing from the kickoff to the final second of the game. It takes desire and heart to come out and finish the game when it’s 54-0 in the 3rd after a pick 6. The Sandites are gamers, don’t let the Bixby loss fool you.
The Spartans are the clear favorite to defend the Class 6AI title heading into district play. Firing on all three aspects of the game, Bixby has the confidence of a team that expects to win every snap, every quarter, every game. And why shouldn’t they? Other than Jenks, no one has been able to stop them in several years. The blueprint to win a title has been on the table for decades. Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Bixby have followed that blueprint for years and will continue hoarding titles for the foreseeable future.
The Shillelagh Returns to Tulsa
Brad’s Take: Most people, including me, picked McGuinness to beat their rival Kelley in the annual Battle for the Shillelagh. Heck, the entire VYPE Plus staff wrote Kelley off except Hunter Sheppard. Kelley made a statement with a 24-7 win thanks to a physical run game. But it was the defense that really stepped up when it mattered. In my defense, Kelley did lose to Will Rogers, 35-7 and Poteau, 24-21. So why pick an 0-2 team that scored 28 points in two games? Ask Hunter, he seems to be the genius in the group. Congrats Kelley, now go hide that shillelagh, whatever it is.
Tough Week for the Experts