By Chuck Reherman, Sports Editor – JENKS – One play can sometimes turn a game around.
Thursday night it was three.
Jenks scored on their first three plays of the second half and broke open a close game, rolling to a 49-7 win over the Millers in a 6AI-1 contest at Alan Trimble Field in Jenks.
The No. 7 ranked Millers, 4-4, stunned the Jenks crowd by taking their opening possession and driving for the opening score of the game.
From there, the rest of the night belonged to the Trojans. Yukon did move the ball on Jenks, but could not get into the end zone another time.
YHS head Jeremy Reed had said earlier in the week, a key for his team would be to stay close through three quarters and then take the game into the fourth and let things fall where they may.
The Millers kept the game close through the first half and took momemtum and confidence into the lockerroom, trailing only by seven, 14-7.
But, that seven-point deficit quickly became a 28-point margin only three Jenks’ plays.
Braden Phipps returned the second half kickoff 95-yards that pushed the Jenks lead to 21-7.
After stopping Yukon in three plays, Noah Hernandez broke a 62-yard run on the Trojans first play from scrimmage. He scored again on a 36-yard run after the defense held the Miller offense again, opening a 35-7 lead.
The Millers came out fast and put together a drive to open the game that culiminated in a leaping touchdown catch by Carvelle McKinley. Quarterback Perry Olsen rolled out and launched the 44-yard scoring pass that put the Millers in front less than three minutes into the game.
Jenks answered on their first possession, driving 74-yards with Hernandez scoring on a nine-yard run. The Trojans lined up in the swinging gate formation, snapped the ball to Hernandez and he scored the conversion to give Jenks an 8-7 lead.
The Trojans added to their lead in the second quarter when Ianm Corwin connected with D.J. Waggoner on a 30-yard scoring pass, opening the 14-7 lead.
The Millers had a couple of scoring chances turned away by the Jenks’ defense. Their last scoring chance ended up in an interception by the Trojans.
The Millers, 2-2 in district play, will host Edmond Santa Fe, also 4-4 and 2-2 in a key district matchup on Friday at Miller Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.