Jenks outlasts strong offensive performance by Moore, 49-41
By Michael Kinney
MOORE – Jenks is used to winning. For the past three decades, that’s all Trojans have done.
However, winning lousy is something they haven’t gotten used to yet.
In a game that saw them give up 634 total yards, the Trojans pulled off a hard-fought 49-41 win over Moore on Friday at Moore Stadium. But that didn’t leave the team with a good taste in their mouths as they left the field.
“Personally, it was a little overwhelming defensively,” Jenks senior Crissup Cooper said. “It was very upsetting for us.
“We have a lot of holes to fill. We have a lot of improvement to make. But we will overcome it and make a good recovery and come back and dominate.”
Several times throughout the night, it looked like Jenks was ready to get away with the contest. But each time, the Lions found a way to forge a new path.
That includes with 6:22 left in the fourth quarter when Ike Owens scored on a quarterback to put the Trojans ahead, 49-28.
However, Moore’s quarterback Denver Wolfe led the Lions downfield in less than two minutes and threw a touchdown pass to Makai Crenshaw.
Moore attempted an onside kick, but Jenks’ Jalyn Stanford recovered the attempt and put the Trojans near midfield. However, they failed to clinch the first down and were forced to punt.
The Lions took over on their own 6-yard line with three minutes left. Once again, Wolfe led the offense down the field, spreading the ball.
Then, once inside the 5-yard line, Keandre Pittman finished the drive with a short TD run.
However, Jenks blocked the extra point and held on to their eight-point lead with 45 seconds left.
Moore’s only shot was to recover an inbounds kick. However, the ball went out of bounds and Jenks took possession.
They were able to take the victory knee and end the match.
Despite the win, the Trojans were unhappy with their overall performance. Especially those on the defensive side of the ball.
“We kind of let the opposing offense pick up some momentum and let it live again,” Cooper said. “We have to start stomping people’s throats and shutting everything down. We haven’t done that yet. That’s what we have to do.
What upset Cooper so much was that the Trojans allowed the Lions to rack up 634 yards on the night. This was almost double the production of the Trojans of 359.
After a slow start, Wolfe threw for 521 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions on the night. Brayden Clark had nine receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns, while CJ Simon added 11 catches for 176 yards.
As a team, Jenks ran the rock for 318 yards. Stanford led the Trojans with 192 yards and four touchdowns.
Stanford also had an interception on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think I played really well,” said Stanford, who signed up at the University of Houston. “It’s one of the best games of my career.
“By setting the tone early with the interception and setting up my team’s offense to hit it, I feel like I provided the team and that was good enough for the win.”
While Owens only threw for 59 yards, he had two rushing touchdowns.
In the first play of the game, Wolfe was picked by Stanford. The Trojans turned this into an Owens touchdown run.
Jenks wasn’t finished. Leading 14-0, Stanford escaped for a 40-yard springboard along the sideline and into the end zone, which he said was his favorite.
With a 21-0 first quarter advantage, it looked like the Trojans were going to chase the Lions out of their own home.
However, Moore finally launched his attack late in the first quarter and throughout the second. Wolfe started hitting Clark and Simon on the ground for big chunks of yardage.
Simon and Clark both reached the end zone and cut the deficit to 21-14 with 9:47 left in the second quarter. It was a brand new ball game.
But Jenks responded right away when Stanford ran 71 yards for a touchdown.
“My boy Jordan Schelling fell and I had to step in and play this big role for them,” Stanford said. “Usually we are a three-headed monster. I had more races than expected, but it paid off.
“I would do anything for the team.”
Wolfe was picked twice more in the quarter by Ty Walls and Ashton Cunninghan. This led to another Stanford touchdown.
Moore had the opportunity to reduce the deficit when the Lions scored their first goal with less than a minute on the clock. But they were unable to put the ball in the end zone on three consecutive games and came on at halftime behind, 35-14.
Even though Moore made it a game in the second half, the Trojans (5-2, 3-1 District 6AI-1) still picked up the key win for the District. They will be looking to get things back on track when they host Southmoore next week.
Moore (4-3, 1-3) takes on a surging Norman North next week.