Jenks snaps losing streak to Union, returns to 6A title game
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, November 23, 2012
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BROKEN ARROW — Many have said that just about the time when you think you’ve seen everything possible happen in the Jenks-Union football rivalry, something new occurs.
That happened again Friday night.
Jenks had never trounced Union in their 11 previous playoff meetings that had included numerous last-minute thrillers. But it was total domination from the start by the top-ranked Trojans, who ended No. 3 Union’s streak of consecutive state titles at four with a 41-10 victory in the Class 6A semifinals before an estimated crowd of 8,000 at Memorial Stadium.
“Considering the amount of talent that Union has, I thought it was a great performance for us,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said.
The Trojans (11-2), trying to win their first gold ball since 2007, advance to play in their sixth state title game in seven seasons and will meet Norman North next Friday night at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Jenks’ previous largest margin of victory in a playoff game against Union was 31-12 in the 2000 title game. The only other playoff game in the rivalry with a larger margin was Union’s 52-19 win in the 2009 final.
The Trojans had lost four in a row to Union and had been eliminated by the Redskins in the playoffs the past four years, including 30-29 in last year’s semifinals.
Jenks tailback Trey’Vonne Barr’e had 22 carries for 214 yards and a TD. He had 250 total yards in last year’s semifinal, but for him statistics are where the similarity ends,
“It’s crazy, it’s day and night,” Barr’e said. “I was definitely surprised that we were up 35-3 at halftime. That was ironic for a Jenks-Union game.”
Jenks backup tailbacks Brett Tye (two) and Braden Calip combined to score three TDs. Trojans quarterback Kyle Alexander completed 5-of-7 passes for 102 yards in the first half as he ran and passed for a touchdown in a game much different than Union’s 14-7 victory over Jenks in the season opener.
“Union is a great team and a very worthy opponent,” Alexander said. “They have a lot of good athletes and a lot of weapons on their team. Tonight we cut out our turnovers and small errors we had in the last game against them. We had a great gameplan.”
Alexander’s counterpart, Union quarterback Hunter Atyia, suffered a concussion that occurred on Danny Hoyt’s first-quarter sack. Atyia returned to play most of the first half but struggled and was replaced after intermission by Mason Farquhar.
“Hunter hit his head on the turf,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. “He thought he was going to be OK, but he just never really was the same.”
Union’s opening kickoff symbolized the night for the Redskins (10-3) and set the tone as it was hooked badly out of bounds, giving Jenks possesssion at its 35. The Trojans then rolled 65 yards in seven plays, never facing a third down. Calip’s 6-yard TD run capped the drive that took 2:40.
On Union’s first possession, the Redskins countered with Austin Butler’s 33-yard field goal that was set up by Farquhar’s 17-yard screen pass to Justin Silmon to convert a third-and-17. That came one play after Atyia was shaken up when he was sacked by Hoyt.
Tye returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Union 44. Three plays later, Tye scored on a 16-yard run for a 14-3 lead.
Atyia returned for Union’s next series, but fumbled and Jenks’ Marquise Overton recovered on the first play at the Redskins 35. Jenks’ Jordan Smallwood caught a 36-yard pass at the 1 to convert a third-and-12. On the next play, Alexander followed left guard Nick Lucido into the end zone for a touchdown that increased Jenks’ lead to 21-3 with 1:53 left in the first quarter.
Steven Parker’s interception at the Union 46 and Barr’e 27-yard run to the 3 set up Jenks’ next touchdown — Tye’s 1-yard run with 9:36 left in the second period.
Jenks built its lead to 35-3 as Garrett Patterson caught his second TD pass of the season and of the playoffs — a 1-yarder from Alexander with 5:09 remaining before intermission.
Union threatened to score on the second half’s opening possession, but Hoyt came up with an interception.
After a scoreleess third quarter, Barr’e scored on a 1-yard run to open the final period.
Union’s lone touchdown came on Farquhar’s 17 pass to Jeffery Mead with 4:50 remaining that gave the Redskins a consolation prize.
“One of the things we talked to our kids about (at halftime) was we wanted to try to win the second half,” Fridrich said. “i thought we came out and did a pretty good job of fighting through and showed we had a lot of resolve on what we wanted to try and accomplish. But obviously Jenks played an outstanding game and had a lot to do with the way we executed. They did a great job of coaching and executing.”
Jenks' Trey'Vonne Barr'e runs against Union during the Class 6A semifinal football game at Broken Arrow on Saturday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Union hoists the Gold Ball after beating Jenks for the 2010 Class 6A state championship in Stillwater. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World