– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Five Tulsa-area football powers will be heading south to Texas in 2018 and 2019 to face off with five schools from the Mansfield school district. Bixby, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sand Springs and Union will team up to face off the five Mansfield schools. The final details are still being worked out. This will be a home and home series. However, it’s not known right now whether the Oklahoma schools will host their Texas opponents in 2018 or 2019.
The match-up’s for the 2018 season are locked up. Here’s a first look at the match-up’s with the teams and their records from the 2016 season.
Bixby (10-3) VS Mansfield Timberview (6-5)
Broken Arrow (6-5) VS Mansfield H.S. (10-3)
Jenks (11-1) VS Mansfield Legacy (11-3)
Sand Springs (7-5) VS Mansfield Summit (4-6)
Union (11-2) VS Mansfield Lake Ridge (8-5)
The five schools are all similar in enrollment. Mansfield High is the largest with an enrollment of 2,366. Next up is Mansfield Summit with 2,144. Mansfield Lake Ridge has an enrollment of 2,130. Mansfield Legacy is just over 2,000 with an enrollment of 2,044. And finally, the smallest school in the district is Mansfield Timberview with 1,758.
This isn’t the first time that something like this has taken place. Although this will be on a bigger scale with more schools involved. Jenks and Union teamed up in 2012 and 2013 to alternate match-up’s with DeSoto and Euless Trinity. The Redskins and Trojans both lost to powerhouse DeSoto in routs. Jenks was able to beat Euless Trinity, while Union lost a close one to Trinity.
All five teams are used to playing top notch out-of-state competition. All five schools faced off with out of state schools during the 2016 season. Broken Arrow and Union traveled to Texas to face Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll respectively. Bixby and Sand Springs traveled to Arkansas to face off with Arkansas powers Bentonville and Pulaski Academy. Jenks hosted Springdale Har-Ber. Out of those five games, only Jenks and Union would come out victorious.
This fall, Broken Arrow and Union will be on a national stage as their August 26th game will be televised on ESPN. The following week, Broken Arrow will host Southlake Carroll, while Union will face off with Euless Trinity.