The annual Backyard Bowl in Tulsa on the University of Tulsa campus at Chapman Stadium drew 19,817 fans Friday night to see the excitement that is Jenks vs. Union. But in this edition those fans saw Jenks power through to a 45-27 win and Oklahoma State Cowboys commitment Dillon Stoner earn Player of the Game honors by catching two touchdown passes for the second week in a row.
The 6-1, 185-pound Stoner started both ways and in the third quarter his 75-yard touchdown reception from Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley on a vertical route down the right hash marks put the Trojans up for good at 31-27. Stone caught the ball over his shoulder ahead of the defender and then stutter stepped to make the defender miss as he kept his balance and ran the 25 yards to finish the long scoring play.
The week before in a 58-24 win over defending Class 6A-II state champion Bixby, the reigning 6A-I champion in Oklahoma was paced by touchdown catches of 5 yards and 42 yards by the fleet-footed Stoner. Stoner is a sub-4.5 athlete in the forty and a jack-of-all-trades for Jenks on the football field.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and quarterback Mason Rudolph are all going to like the talents that Stoner will bring to Stillwater.
We documented Stoner's game against Union on Friday evening. Starting both ways, Stoner's first big play came on defense as he read the tunnel screen and took Union back Daeonte Calvert down in the backfield for a five-yard loss. After a Union punt, Stoner first touched the ball on a jet sweep from his slot position and he looked stopped but he turned on the jets and got around the edge of the defense set for an impressive 11-yard gain.
Oklahoma State beat writer Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World sent me a text on the play and the text just read Dillon Stoner. When I text back what?, Haisten said that speed on the jet sweep was impressive.
He came back later in the drive with a completion on a slant route for 15 yards and another first down. His block on a screen to Andrew Wyatt and then his decoy on the fake jet sweep and give to Wyatt helped to get the Trojans in the end zone. He also had the lead block on the two-point conversion run by Nunley as Jenks led 14-7.
In the second quarter, Stoner was a driving force on a late scoring drive as he caught a crossing route and picked up a few yards after the catch for a total gain of 26 yards. He went way up in the air to catch an out route that picked up 14 yards and a first down. Then on a fourth-and-five situation Nunley led him perfectly going over the middle for a 17-yard gain.
As Jenks moved into the red zone, Stoner caught another out route for five yards and then on another short out made a defender miss after the catch to get the ball down to inside the five, a seven-yard gain. As time ran out in the half Jenks went for the touchdown on the final play and a little improvisation involving Nunley and Stoner had Stoner again leaping in the back of the end zone for the touchdown catch. On the drive Stoner had 71 yards on six receptions. In the first half he had eight catches for 86 yards.
In the second half, he showed off his punting form with a 53-yard booming punt. He continued to play both ways as a cornerback on defense. Then after Union took the lead in the third quarter came that long pass from Nunley to Stoner covering the 75 yards.
"I'm just doing what I can," Stoner said after the game. "All of our student and fans were up there and a lot of credit goes to them," as he pointed up in the Chapman Stadium stands. "I just try to do all I can to help this team. Some of these guys have been together since our freshman season and we want to go unbeaten and win another championship."
Stoner, who committed to Oklahoma State during the summer. finished with 10 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Stoner is fast, he is tough, and he is resourceful and those are all qualities that will earn him trust almost immediately from his next had coach in Mike Gundy. Meantime, he will keep making his current head coach, Allen Trimble, a happy man.