6A state championship: Jenks wins 6A title over Union, 38-22
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:13 am, Fri Dec 13, 2013.
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer | 0 comments
Unlike in Week 2, Jenks didn’t need any last-minute heroics to defeat Union on Thursday night.
In a rivalry that has included many amazing comebacks, top-ranked Jenks made sure there wouldn’t be another as it built a 24-point lead by the end of the third quarter en route to a 38-22 victory over No. 2 Union in the Class 6A state championship football game at Chapman Stadium.
A crowd of 12,648 watched the Trojans (14-0), who received a stellar performance from senior wideout-defensive back Steven Parker, win their 14th overall state football title and 11th in 18 seasons under head coach Allan Trimble. Jenks successfully defended its state title and extended its winning streak to 26.
“What a fun group of kids, man,” Trimble said. “It’s been a great ride. It’s hard to go undefeated when you’ve got to play (Euless) Trinity and Union twice.”
Union (11-3) was looking for its fifth state title in six seasons. The Trojans are the first 6A team to go undefeated since Union in 2002.
“My hat’s off to Jenks,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. “They had a great plan and executed very well.”
While Jenks cemented its status as the state’s top team, Parker showed why he is widely regarded as the state’s most sought after recruit in this year’s senior class. Parker had key plays on all five of the Trojans’ scoring drives in the half as Jenks took a 31-14 lead into intermission.
Parker sensed he needed a best-game-of-your-career performance.
“I feel like I did,” Parker said. “The main thing was to go out and have fun with my team for the last time. I think I got really emotional (on Wednesday night). I cried and cried again. I knew it was the last time I would play with these guys in this uniform. I think that’s what the performance was based on — the love of my teammates.”
Parker had five catches for 164 yards and a diving touchdown. In addition, he ended Union’s remote comeback hopes when he picked off a pass with 3:07 left.
“Great catch, great interception, great kid,” Trimble said.
It was the second state title for Parker, but the first for another senior, Cameron Booty, who played for Richardson (Texas) last season. Booty had 26 carries for 176 yards and two TDs.
“It feels pretty good,” Booty said. “We got better over all the games throughout the year. We were ready for this game.”
Another reason why Jenks didn’t have to sweat out the final few minutes was sophomore quarterback Cooper Nunley, who played with the poise of a senior as he completed 11-of-16 passes for 206 yards and two TDs. Nunley, who also scored on an 8-yard draw just before halftime, led the Trojans to three TDs in the first 6:52.
“This is what we worked for all year,” said Nunley, whose 76-yard TD pass to Dylan Harding with 25 seconds left defeated Union 20-16 in the regular season at Chapman Stadium. “This is a dream come true.
“I was real nervous going into it, but as soon as we got into that groove and completed that first pass, that was big.”
That first pass was a 44-yard strike to Parker on Jenks’ first offensive play after Union scored first on quarterback Mason Farquhar’s 56-yard run after only 56 seconds had elapsed. Parker’s catch was followed four plays later by Booty’s 12-yard TD scamper that tied the game at 7.
Parker’s second reception, on a 41-yard bomb caught in the end zone, gave Jenks a 14-7 lead.
Union’s ensuing possession ended at its 29 as Luke Thompson stopped Coleby Evans for no gain on fourth-and-1. On the next play, Parker gained 21 on a reverse that was followed by Booty’s 8-yard TD scamper for a 21-7 lead with 5:08 left in the first quarter.
Four minutes later, the Redskins answered with Justin Silmon’s 17-yard TD run and appeared on the way to tying the game early in the second period until Jenks’ Chris Lilly recovered a low snap at the Trojans’ 25.
The Trojans then drove 68 yards in 11 plays, capped by Tyler Ridener’s 24-yard field goal. Parker was involved in the key plays with catches of 26 and 39 yards. The first came on a fake-punt pass from Ridener on fourth-and-13 at the Jenks 22.
Parker’s 13-yard catch ignited the Trojans’ final scoring drive of the first half that also featured Booty’s 40-yard run to the 10. On third down, Nunley’s TD run gave Jenks a 31-14 lead with 1:04 left before intermission.
Jenks stretched its lead to 38-14 on Nunley’s 2-yard TD pass to Riley Waldie with 2:17 left in a third quarter the Trojans totally controlled.
That was more than enough of a lead for the Trojans, who were never in danger during the rest of the game despite Farquhar’s 7-yard TD pass to Kaylor Pearson, who made the catch after a deflection by Parker, with 8:13 left. Farquhar completed 26-of-40 passes for 289 yards. His top receivers were Oklahoma commits Jeffery Mead and Carson Meier, who had seven catches each. Mead also caught a two-point conversion.
On the game’s final play, Mead kept Parker from coming up with another interception, but it was Jenks that was celebrating after the completion of the Trojans’ first perfect season since 2001.
Jenks 21 -- 21
Union 14 -- 14
Key play: Jenks linebacker Luke Thompson stuffed Coleby Evans for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Union 29, setting up the Trojans’ third touchdown to make it 21-7 with 5:03 left in the quarter. Both teams called timeout before the Redskins' fourth-down try on a handoff to Adkins. Thompson roared in from the left to shut down the play.
Key stat: 106 – All-purpose yards by Jenks receiver Steven Parker. He caught 44-yard pass from Cooper Nunley on the Trojans’ first offensive play, caught a 41-yard TD pass later in the quarter, and ran 21 yards on a flanker reverse.
Number to know: 336 – Combined total yards in the quarter, 170 by Union and 166 by Jenks. The teams traded 80-yard TD drives to start the game.
Jenks 21 10 -- 31
Union 14 0 -- 14
Key plays: Jenks punter Tyler Ridener’s 26-yard pass to Steven Parker on a fake punt sustained a drive leading to Ridener’s 24-yard field goal and a 24-14 lead; and Cameron Booty’s 40-yard run set up Cooper Nunley’s 8-yard TD run on a quarterback draw to make it 31-14.
Key stat: 5 – First-half pass receptions by Parker, equaling a season high. He had a season-high 164 receiving yards in the first half, including a 41-yard TD pass from Nunley and two other catches for 44 and 39 yards.
Number to know: 31 – Jenks’ points were the most scored in a half against the Redskins all season. DeSoto (Texas) scored 29 in the first half of a 44-20 win over the Redskins in the Southwest Showcase on Sept. 7.
Jenks 21 10 7 -- 38
Union 14 0 0 8 -- 22
Key play: Tyler Ridener’s 47-yard punt pinned the Redskins at their 1, leading to a short Union punt and Cooper Nunley’s 2-yard TD pass to Riley Waldie, giving the Trojans a 38-14 lead with 2:17 left in the quarter. Ridener’s perfectly angled punt hit around the 10 and skittered along the sideline before going out of bounds.
Key stat: 11 – Total yards by the Redskins in the third quarter. They failed to make a first down on either possession, snapping the ball a total of seven times, not counting a punt.
Numbers to know: 371 – Total yards by the Trojans through three quarters, on 44 plays for an average of 8.4 yards per play.
Jenks 21 10 7 0 -- 38
Union 14 0 0 8 -- 22
Key play: Trailing 38-14 with 8:13 left in the game, Union capped a 90-yard drive when receiver Kaylor Pearson caught a pass deflected by Jenks defensive back Steven Parker into the far left corner of the endzone. Farquhar found Jeffery Mead across the middle to pick up the two-point conversion.
Key stat: 139. After being held to 150 yards on 15 completions through three quarters, Union quarterback Mason Farquhar erupted in the fourth with 139 yards and 11 completions.
Number to know: 7. With the win, Jenks completed its seventh undefeated and sixth 14-0 season in program history. The Trojans become the first 6A team since Union in 2002 to finish the year perfect.