By Chuck Reherman
JENKS – It seems to happen every time.
Yukon gets off to a fast start at Jenks then the roof crashes in.
It happened again on Friday night.
Yukon answered a quick Jenks score with one of their own, but couldn’t get anything else going the rest of the night and fell to the No. 2 ranked Trojans 38-7 in a District 6A-1 contest at Allan Trimble Stadium.
The Millers, after their opening possession looked as if the game was going to be a high scoring affair. But, after that opening drive, YHS managed only 149 yards of offense the rest of the night. Jenks held the Miller running game to a season low 216 yards on the night.
The loss dropped the Millers to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the district race, slipping to fifth place. Jenks, 5-1 overall, remains unbeaten at 3-0 and shares the district lead with Edmond Santa Fe.
The Jenks defense, after giving up an early score, clamped down on a short-handed Miller offensive unit and only let YHS inside the 30 one other time in the game.
“I thought our defense played well enough to keep us in the ball game, but the offense played our worst game of the year,” YHS head coach Jeremy Reed said. “We just got out-physicaled, which doesn’t happen usually but happened in the big way tonight. We had some injuries along the way that hurt us, but more than anything we let them be more physical and they attacked us instead of us attacking them.
“We don’t respond up here very well for some reason offensively,” he said. “We are just glad to get out of here and focus on what is in front of us.”
Jenks take the opening drive and marched 56-yards with Grant Lohr going the final four yards for the touchdown and an initial 7-0 lead.
The Millers, though responded quickly and scored less than a minute later. Sophomore
Jesse Eakers on a second and seven play, zipped through the front line and broke a 74-yard touchdown run that tied the game with 6:05 remaining in the quarter.
After a 45-yard kickoff return from Mile Sexton, Jenks jumped back in the lead on a 19-yard scoring pass from Stephen Kittleman to Griffin Forbes to regain the lead 14-7 with 5:03 left in the quarter.
The Millers were driving for a tying touchdown when a penalty and then a loss of yardage play pushed the ball back to the JHS 41, forcing YHS to punt.
Jenks used a 57-yard pass from Kittleman to Glenver Jones to set up a nine-yard scoring pass from Kittleman to Waylan Adams and a 21-7 lead. The Tojans used a 50-yard interception return from Lohr to open a 28-7 lead at halftime.
YHS got to the Jenks 42 in the third quarter but were turned away by a second Lohr interception and reached the Jenks 17 late in the game. Time ran out on the Millers before they could get another play off.
“It should have been 21-7 at worse for a long time, but we turned it over, couldn’t pick up enough first downs and kept giving them shorter fields,” Reed said. “We have to be better than that and we usually are, but we weren’t tonight.
“There is still a lot of football left and we have to erase this one,” he said. “We have to learn from it, then erase it. Hopefully we can get healthier, but there is not a lot you can do with this one, but look at it, learn from it and move on. We can’t let teams win the line of scrimmage when we are on offense and we let Jenks do that tonight.”