This is just the way it is in Oklahoma. When it's time for the Class 6A state championship, it's time for Jenks or Tulsa Union.
Most of time, it's both as will be the case 7 p.m. CST Thursday night at Tulsa University's Chapman Stadium as the Trojans and Redskins will duke it out one more time.
A game so good that it needed two weeks to prepare for. Originally scheduled for last Thursday, severe weather moved the game to Thursday and switched the venue from Oklahoma State to Tulsa.
This is the first time since 2010 Jenks and Tulsa Union will be playing each other for the state title. That's only three years, but it feels like an eternity with the stranglehold the two programs have had on the state.
Since 1995, they are the only two schools to have won a 6A championship in Oklahoma. Jenks has 10 titles during that span, while Tulsa Union has seven. They're deadlocked 4-4 in championship games against each other.
Tulsa Union had won four in a row before Jenks eliminated the Redskins in last year's semifinals en route to blowing out Norman North for the gold ball.
The schools always meet in the Backyard Bowl in the first weeks of the season. Most are thrillers and this year's was no exception with Jenks' Dylan Harding catching a 76-yard touchdown in the final minute to help Jenks to a 20-16 victory.
Jenks was 2-0 at the time. Tulsa Union was 0-2. The Redskins haven't lost since, while Jenks is looking for its 26th consecutive victory.
There will be stars everywhere Thursday night.
Safety Steven Parker (Class of 2014): He has solidified himself as one of the best players in the country this season. In a semifinal victory, he caught two more touchdowns. He's the No. 1 uncommitted target in the state and Oklahoma coaches Bob and Mike Stoops both visited him last week. OU and Oklahoma State are among his top choices as are Texas A&M, Arkansas and Ole Miss. He plays receiver and a safety, but there's no doubt his future is at safety.
Safety Dylan Harding (Class of 2014, committed to Oklahoma State): Like Parker, Harding also plays both ways. Like Parker, Harding also caught a touchdown pass in the semifinals. Harding is one of the best tacklers in the state and no doubt is looking to make a major impression before he becomes a Cowboy.
Running back Cameron Booty (Class of 2014): A transfer from Richardson (Texas) High, Booty struggled out of the gate in comprehending everything. Once he found his footing, though, he has been everything that people hoped he would be. He also scored a touchdown two weeks and is receiving high interest from SMU, while Oklahoma has shown some periodic interest.
Defensive tackle Marquise Overton (Class of 2015): Already in the Scout 300, Overton already has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Ole Miss, among others. Overton dominated the line of scrimmage two weeks ago and is only getting bigger and stronger with each game. He is shaping up to be the best defensive tackle prospect from the state in years.
Wide receiver Jeffery Mead (Class of 2014, committed to Oklahoma): His numbers are pretty stellar, but they stand out even more when you realize how often the Redskins run the ball. Mead caught another touchdown in the semifinals and now has 58 receptions for 1,015 yards and 14 touchdowns. A firm commit to the Sooners since June, Mead is starting to live up to that potential all the top schools thought was there.
Tight end Carson Meier (Class of 2014, committed to Oklahoma): The passing game isn't a huge part of Tulsa Union's offense so Meier has made a huge impact in the blocking game this season. He did make crucial catches against Jenks in the first meeting this season so wouldn't be surprising to see him come alive in his final game. Committed since May, he is 100 percent with OU.
Cornerback Robert Thomas (Class of 2015): This is the ultimate chance for redemption for Thomas. He had played one heck of a Backyard Bowl until getting beat by Harding for the game-winning score in the last minute. Thomas has great size for a corner and this could be the start of his recruitment starting to blow up in the future.
Running back Tyler Adkins (Class of 2016): Adkins had his coming out party against Jenks the first time around. Despite the loss, he was huge filling in for injured starters. He has earned his right for big-time carries and has made the most of them. He has rushed for 1,338 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and is positioning himself as a name to watch moving forward.