Union-Jenks Showcases Talent

The annual Mid-First Backyard Bowl was held Friday at Chapman Stadium on the University of Tulsa campus. The Union Redskins won a rare Backyard Bowl minus the late game fireworks as they downed Jenks 24-13. Union used a three-back rushing effort mixed with some big plays in the passing game, featuring senior quarterback Mason Farquhar, tight end Holton Fox and wide receiver Robert Thomas.

Farquhar (5-10, 173) is a good operator that does not have major college size and neither does his counterpart at Jenks in Cooper Nunley (5-10, 180). I think both are outstanding quarterbacks with Nunley having the kind of arm and accuracy that if he were 6-1 or better would have a number of big schools checking him out.

Thomas is a former cornerback who moved to wide receiver and he showed the ability to run good routes and make impressive catches. His first half touchdown grab showed excellent ability to adjust his body late in the play and create an advantage in catching the ball in tight coverage. His hands are good and his ball skills very good. Under the pressure you find in this rivalry game, Thomas made all the catches he possibly could make.

The three running backs for Union included junior Tyler Adkins (5-9, 185) and sophomore Shamari Brooks (5-9, 173). Adkins is straight ahead runner with an explosive burst that runs through a lot of tackles. His speed appears solid and he is certainly a prospect worth taking a look at. He finished with 19 carries for 100 yards and his 26-yard run on the final Union offensive series really put the game away, allowing Union the chance to take a knee for the finish.

Brooks is a future sensation that came through big on a fourth quarter series that led to a field goal to make it a two score game. Brooks has good explosion and a little side to side movement. He also caught a pass on a third-and-long play and made a nice run after the catch to get inside the 10-yard line for that late field goal. Hard not to like what you see in the sophomore knowing he has two more seasons in high school to develop.

I fell in love with a center in the game as Union's Davis Harker (6-3, 312) did a stout job in battling OU commitment and standout defensive tackle Marquise Overton (6-2, 310). Those two were fun to watch as Overton had plenty of plays where he got penetration and was able to help influence the play on defense. He did not finish many plays and that was because Harker never gave in and fought to the whistle and after.

Harker plays at a decent pad level and Overton is a flat-out hoss. It was great entertainment watching those two battle. Overton is deserving of his ranking and he was good. The only drawback was he wore down a little in the fourth quarter. If Overton has a scholarship to OU then I'm wondering where Harker will wind up because he is also deserving.

Senior Kalen McDavid (5-10, 175) was impressive running the ball for Jenks with close to 150 yards as a workhorse in the offensive attack. He is strong and has some explosion. He also showed some moves as well. He catches the ball too.

Junior Dillon Stoner (6-1, 185) is a player to watch as he made plays on both sides of the ball and had a sensational touchdown catch in the first half. I really like him a lot and I could see him growing into a potential outside linebacker prospect at the next level. He plays very aggressive.

Carson Epps (6-2, 185) was a consistent pass catcher for Nunley, but it would be good to see him break more short passes into long gainers.

It is not a banner year at either Union or Jenks for Division I prospects, but there are some guys that can certainly play at some level collegiately and maybe at Division I.

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