Battle of the Burbs was, well…not much of a battle.
Bixby is just that good, again. Remember when Jenks and Union dominated Class 6A for 20-plus years? The Spartans, under coach Loren Montgomery are making their own run at immortality.
Running back Kordell Gouldsby racked up over 200 yards and a TD in the Spartan’s 42-16 win. The Spartan defense is physical and aggressive with relentless pursuit from the defensive line. The Spartans looked like the No. 1 team in Oklahoma, because they are.
Brad’s Take: Hearing, “crown them now,” is nothing new. Dynasties all over Oklahoma have heard the call. But what is new is the “big four” formerly known as Jenks, Union, Owasso, and Broken Arrow, is really the “big one,” unless you’re talking enrollment. After three decades of study, we know enrollment does not equal championships. I say sit back and enjoy watching a great team make a great run at the Mount Rushmore of Oklahoma high school football.
Sandites Prevail in Late Finish
If I told you the Highway 97 rivalry was going to end around 11:20pm after Sand Springs and Sapulpa put up 118 total points and 894 yards of offense, you might say sure, it’s a rivalry game. The Sandites were down 28-40 to Sapulpa at the half, but that didn’t stop them from coming back to win 64-54 for their fourth consecutive win over their rival.
The kickoff was delayed until 8:05pm which obviously contributed to the late finish, but both teams gave the fans who stayed an exciting Week 0 opener.
Charles Page head coach Bobby Klinck said Sapulpa’s quarterback was the real deal.
“Colton Howard, their quarterback is a stud. We had no answer for him.”
Up next for the Sandites is the defending 6A-I champs, Bixby. Sapulpa will square off with Tahlequah.
Brad’s Take: Both teams are solid football teams with excellent coaching and players who bring a blue-collar workman’s attitude to the field. Both communities should come out and support them in full force.
Jenks Takes Rare Loss at Home
Special teams play was special all night, until the Trojans tried a field goal for the win, which Edmond Santa Fe blocked to end the game.
The loss of KD Jones in fourth quarter certainly forced the offense to adjust, but as head coach Keith Riggs to the radio broadcast, there was more than just one play or player which contributed to the rare loss at home.
“We got inside the five, we really felt like our best opportunity to score was a run play and we knew we had time to spike the ball and get our field goal team out, we just didn’t block it up very well on that particular play and still we gave ourselves a chance with the field goal. The field goal was not why we lost. There were too many other opportunities we had to finish the game off.”
The Trojans had a tough time up front keeping the Santa Fe defensive line off quarterbacks Simian Gilkey and Owen Jones, who split time. The Wolves did what they needed to do to win and should be much improved from their 1-9 record a year ago.
Brad’s Take: The Jenks run game is for real. With multiple guys who can carry the rock, the run game is where this team is going to hurt opponents. Both quarterbacks are talented athletes, but for now, Gilkey should be the starter for the entire game against their next opponent, on the road at Owasso.
Tigers Blanked by Bentonville
Broken Arrow faced one of the top teams out of Arkansas in Bentonville, losing for the second consecutive year.
The real story is not the loss to Bentonville. Most opponents are going to lose to Bentonville, but the real story is the emergence of BA running back Octavian Roberson. The young freshman carried the ball eight times for 76 yards and added a big 20-yard reception.
Injuries hampered the Tigers and seemed to limit them defensively. It could also be that Bentonville QB Carter Nye was just that good.
Brad’s Take: This game against Bentonville is really a scrimmage to gauge where this team is against top tier talent. It’s also an opportunity for players to see the field and show the coaches what they can do. Once everyone is bought in, and key players make their return, the Tigers will be a team competing for a playoff spot.
Trojan TV Makes Debut on YouTube
Former Jenks Trojan Mason Prince has made his official return to Jenks and is leading a team of students who are broadcasting the Jenks football games on YouTube.
During the broadcast against Edmond Santa Fe, Trojan TV has more than 1,600 people tuned in and watching. The all-student staff did a great job and Prince said the team has come together nicely.
“We can only go up from here,” Prince said after the first broadcast was in the books.
The Trojan TV broadcasts are completely free, and Prince said eventually they hope to bring every Jenks athletic event to their YouTube channel.
Brad’s Take: Mason Prince and his student staff worked their tails off to make this broadcast something fans from both teams could appreciate, and they did. The comments from fans were great and the Trojans have a new home on YouTube. If you’re interested in advertising during the broadcast, find Trojan TV on Facebook.