Jenks ready for season opener against Union
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Saturday, August 25, 2012
8/25/12 at 5:18 AM
JENKS - Jenks tailback Trey'Vonne Barr'e is wearing a different uniform number this year as he has switched from No. 33 to 5.
But if Friday night was any indication, his production level is going to be at the same high level as it was last year.
Barr'e, who rushed for 2,110 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last year, was at top form in the Trojan Preview. Barr'e had a 13-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring in Jenks' 23-14 victory over Bixby at Hunter-Dwelley Stadium.
Last year, Barr'e set the tone for his season with a breakout night in the Trojan Preview as he rushed for nearly 200 yards after starting tailback Alex Ross was injured.
Barr'e is glad that the preseason has ended. The Trojans face Union in the regular-season opener next Friday at Chapman Stadium.
"I'm ready for the season," Barr'e said. "I'm more than ready. I can't wait. We're ready for Union."
The offense looked ready with three impressive scoring drives.
"We pre-gamed pretty good throughout the week," Barr'e said. "We felt really good coming in."
Barr'e's production this year could be helped by the addition of linebacker Trent Taber as a fullback blocking for him.
"I love Trent Taber blocking for me," said Barr'e, who had seven carries for 38 yards. "He's an animal. And I love my offensive line, everyone on it."
For Barr'e, the Trojans' offensive performance was what the team was looking for to carry momentum into the matchup with Union. Jenks quarterback Kyle Alexander completed his first seven passes.
"Kyle had a great night," Barr'e said. "And so did (wideout) Jordan Smallwood, our offensive line and all of the running backs."
Jenks' next two tailbacks, Braden Calip and Brett Tye, each had a touchdown run.
"Jenks has so many weapons offensively," Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. "They are a talented ballclub. We had them gummed up a lot of times in the backfield, but they are so talented they made somne tremendous plays."
The season opener is what the Trojans have been waiting for since losing to Union in the Class 6A semifinals last November.
Also ready to get the season started is Montgomery, who was proud of his team for scoring the final two TDs after falling in a 23-0 hole.
"We came out with no emotion," Montgomery said. "I think we had a lot of guys right off the bat who were just a little big-eyed, those who hadn't played. But I do like the way we came back, made a couple plays at the end and overcame some flags.
"We had a couple of young guys step up, one of those was a sophomore Austin Grotts (who caught the final TD pass). He's going to be pretty good. And Casey Saied, who had interception, is just a sophomore. So we had some real bright spots."
Bixby opens at Garden City, Kan., next Friday.
"I'm glad we got to play in this tonight so we got to see teams like Jenks, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs," Montgomery said. "We're ready to get on with things and get into the stretch of the season."
Jenks 23, Bixby 14
The story: Jenks' Kyle Alexander completed 11-of-17 for 149 yards. The Trojans led 23-0 before Bixby scored two TDs in the final 2:20 as Jake Schnare and Marshall Ray each tossed a TD pass. Casey Saied had an interception that sparked the Spartans late in the game.
Top performers: Jenks wideout Jordan Smallwood had four catches for 81 yards. Another Trojans wideout, Logan Prince, had three catches for 40 yards. Jenks' Trey Michalczewski had three catches for 25 yards before leaving the game with a leg injury.
Quotable: "Fortunately for us we were able to punch it in twice at the end," Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. "It was pretty ugly early on, but it ended on a positive note."
Broken Arrow 20, Sand Springs 7
The story: Ryan Alger's 67-yard interception return for a TD gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead late in the first half. The Tigers protected a 13-7 lead late in the second half when they stopped a Sandites drive that reached the BA 10. Coleman Key's 46-yard TD pass to Hunter Copelin sealed the outcome with 39 seconds left.
Top performers: Key was 11-of-18 passing for 138 yards. Broken Arrow tailback Devon Thomas had six carries for 52 yards while teammate Cameron Wrenn had seven rushes for 33 yards. Ross Moore was 2-of-2 on field goals with kicks of 36 and 27 yards for the Tigers. Sand Springs' Cody Hale completed 11-of-19 passes for 107 yards. Hale spun out of a sack and connected with Jacob Sigmon on a 32-yard TD bomb late in the first half.
Quotable: "We've obviously got a lot of work to do," Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. "We made a lot of mistakes and it was a sub-average performance for us. We have to learn from it and build on it because we're facing one of the top teams in Oklahoma next week (at Owasso). We better come to work Monday. We kept it real simple. Our defense did a pretty good job and they were competing pretty well. I saw some real good things. I was extremely disappointed in our offense. We weren't competing and we were busting a lot. We didn't have an offensive touchdown until the end, but that was a nice drive."
JENKS 23, BIXBY 14
J: Barr'e 13 run (Towler kick)
J: Calip 4 run (Ridener kick)
J: Safety, ball snapped out of end zone
J: Tye 14 run (Towler kick)
B: Pence 3 pass from Schnare (Jones kick)
B: Grotts 3 pass from Ray (Jones kick)
BROKEN ARROW 20, SAND SPRINGS 7
BA: FG Moore 36
BA: Alger 67 interception return (Moore kick)
SS: Sigmon 32 pass from Hale (Boyles kick)
BA: FG Moore 27
BA: Copelin 46 pass from Key (Moore kick)
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Jenks wide receiver Logan Prince (left) stiff-arms Bixby's AJ Harbin during the Trojan Preview at Jenks' Hunter-Dwelley Stadium on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World