The season opener didn't turn out the way Bixby (Okla.) standout duo of Jared Glover and Chris Harris wanted – but they know one game does not a season make.
That's the same sentiment they have for the University of Arkansas, a school that defensive end Glover (6-5, 220) visited officially and Harris (5-11, 180) unofficially the day after their No. 1 Class 5A Spartans fell 28-14 to visiting Jenks, the top-rated team in Class 6A.
The same thing happened last season only to have Bixby make a run all the way to the state championship.
"It's just a matter of going back to work and not letting one loss define the type of team you can be," Glover said of the loss to the Trojans, which feature UA linebacker commit Tim Dial.
Glover, who had a whopping 22 sacks among his 91 tackles last season, is a big-time defensive end in high school who could play either there or at linebacker in college.
He has his list down to Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado – all schools that he has visited unofficially and is in the process of visiting officially during the early part of the college football season.
"I haven't set a date for Colorado or Nebraska, but I am probably going to Nebraska's first Big 12 game at the end of September," Glover said. "I am not sure on Colorado."
He is very impressed with Arkansas and both he and Harris were sporting red Arkansas shirts with big Razorbacks on them during the game with USC on Saturday night.
"They have just great facilities and great coaches and I am very impressed with their fans and how they are getting so many good young players over there," Glover said. "I think they are going to have a lot of success over there in the future and I certainly can see myself playing there."
Glover was obviously disappointed with the loss to Jenks, the second season-opening one to Jenks in as many years – this one before a packed stadium in Bixby.
Those on hand were treated to a display of Glover's speed and athleticism, from him getting to the quarterback, to running across the field to making plays to using his height and 32 inch vertical leaping ability to give Jenks a hard target to throw over.
"I had some big plays, the deflection for the interception and I probably had about 10 tackles and a few tackles for loss," Glover said. "But I don't really care much about what I do individually, but how the team does and we lost. We are so much better than we showed against Jenks."
Bixby coach Pat McGrew can't say enough about Glover.
"He is 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6, has a 32-inch vertical, he's one of those players that allows you to do so many things defensively," McGrew said. "That is where he is a bonus for a coach. He is just a great football player and also he is number one – along with Jay Conus – when it comes to academics in his class. Not only do you have a kid that is talented, but one that is intelligent."
Harris has as good a game as anybody on either the Jenks or Bixby rosters.
He hauled in two touchdown passes – one a 57-yard bomb and the other one a 12-yard scoring catch while in triple coverage – on a night when he had 5 catches for 84 yards, returned kickoffs and punts and had six tackles as a defensive back.
A possible third TD catch was just a few feet away from another score on another bomb that would have put Bixby up by a touchdown late in third quarter.
The second one was a phenomenal job of concentration as Bixby quarterback Chase Boles found Harris in a crowd in the end zone.
"Chase just threw it and I got my hands ready," Harris said. "I knew they were all around me and I was about to get hit. So I just focused on nothing but the ball and it got in their somehow."
"I have a lot of interest in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma State and TU (Tulsa)," Harris said. "Arkansas is probably my number one because I would like to go to the same school as Glover and I am also friends with Timmy and real cool with both of them."
Harris will be a guy that makes big plays each Friday night according to McGrew.
"He really is one of those big playmakers," McGrew said. "We didn't get him the ball enough against Jenks or maybe we would have won the ballgame."
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