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– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
In the words (or letters) of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. R-E-L-A-X. In 2014, Rodgers and the Packers started 1-2 and Rodgers himself wasn’t playing up the MVP caliber that fans had come to expect. Rodgers would tell fans to relax and not overreact to the slow start. The Packers would follow that up by going 11-2 and making it to the NFC championship game. Now it’s time for the Trojans to R-E-L-A-X.
It’s easy to see why some Trojan fans would be dusting off the panic button and slamming it after Jenks’ 59-40 loss to Union. The Trojans are starting the season with an 0-3 record for the first time in nearly half a century. The last time they started 0-3, they were winless in 1968. We’re a long way away from worrying about a losing season for the Trojans.
So let’s recap the last few weeks. Jenks opened up the season with a 48-10 loss to a Bill Blankenship-led Owasso team. The following week, the Trojans were tripped up by Bixby in a 35-18 loss. That was the first loss to the Spartans in four decades. On Thursday night, Jenks led Union 33-28 at halftime and the Trojan faithful were relieved. Until the Trojans were outscored 31-7 in the second half and lost by 19 points.
The Trojans have showed steady improvement over the last two weeks. They also have plenty of things on the offensive side of the ball to excite fans. The return of running back and linebacker Noah Hernandez provided Jenks with a much needed boost against Union. Wide receiver DJ Wagoner has become one of the top receivers in the Tulsa area and has established himself as quarterback Ian Corwin’s go-to target.
Jenks has one more non-district game before opening up district play in two weeks. The Trojans will hit the road and face off with Springdale Har-Ber from Arkansas. Har-Ber opened up the season last week beating Fort Smith Southside with a 45-38 victory. Tonight, the Wildcats will be up in Missouri, facing off with Jefferson City. After that, the fun begins with district play.
The Trojans will host Norman to open up district play. They’ve had no problems with the Tigers since the split in 6A. They’ve won the last three meetings by at least 50 points. However, Norman pushed rival Norman North in the season opener a week ago and seem to be improved. But Jenks should take care of business. Then comes the showdown that could more than likely decide the district championship.
Jenks will travel to Broken Arrow to take on the Tigers on September 29th. Broken Arrow is in a similar situation as the Trojans. They’re in danger of starting the season 0-3 with a brutal non-district schedule. They’re on the road facing Owasso tonight. The September 29th meeting is still early in the season but it could end up deciding the district champion.
After that, the Trojans will face Edmond Memorial, Yukon, Westmoore and Edmond Santa Fe with a bye week in between the Edmond Memorial and Yukon game. All four of those games are very winnable and the Trojans should take care of business. So winning the district is still very much a possibility. As long as the Trojans do that, they’ll avoid the other district champion from the district with Norman North, Owasso and Union. At least, they’ll avoid them until the state championship game.
So for now, again, R-E-L-A-X.