EDMOND — Jenks came to Edmond Santa Fe with a simple plan: Run it right at the Timberwolves.
That physicality showed in the first half, sometimes slipping onto the sideline and after the whistle, as both teams carried a level of intensity Friday night.
But once it spilled over into the second half, Jenks’ power running game helped the Trojans secure second place in District 6AI-1 with an empathic 49-8 victory.
“We went into it with the idea of playing a physical game, going out and hitting them in the mouth early,” Jenks quarterback Ian Corwin said. “Up front and on defense, our guys did that.”
Jenks (8-1, 5-1 6AI-1) led by 21 points at halftime after penalties and words were rapidly exchanged just before the break. The lead seemed tenuous after Edmond Santa Fe (7-2, 4-2) scored midway through the third quarter. Then, the Trojans, who have never lost to the Timberwolves, started to show their strength.
Trojans running back Noah Hernandez scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the game just four minutes apart.
He finished with 116 yards and four touchdowns on only six carries.
Running back Dreyson Watters, who also eclipsed the century mark with 111 yards on 17 carries, scored on the ensuing drive. Jenks scored its seventh rushing touchdown of the night on the very next possession after Edmond Santa Fe fumbled the kickoff.
“What a blessing to have two guys like that,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “When they’re both hitting on all cylinders, it makes it that much tougher to stop our running game.”
Corwin, who went 17-of-22 for 175 yards through the air, also found the end zone on the ground for Jenks, which is 8-0 all-time against Edmond Santa Fe and has won five straight games by scoring at least 35 points.
“They were going to give us their best effort,” Hernandez said. “We knew we had to come out, get after them early and stay on them the rest of the game.”
Edmond Santa Fe, which started the season 6-0, managed just 57 yards of offense in the first half, but combined with 50 yards in penalties, the Timberwolves had just seven net yards through the first two quarters.
“We ran the ball really well in the first half,” Riggs said. “That wears on the defense. They’re out on the field a long time. We wanted to come out in the second half and establish the run again like we did in the first half.”
Jenks closes the season next week with Westmoore, which lost Friday to guarantee the Trojans second place.