It was new territory for Jenks (Okla.) High to start the season. After back-to-back state championships, the Trojans were 1-2 to kick off 2014.
Three months later, though, and it’s the same story it usually in Oklahoma regarding high school football. It’s Jenks or Tulsa Union. And they’ll battle it out one more time 7 p.m. Friday at Tulsa University.
For Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton, it’s a chance for the three-peat. But this one would definitely mean something more.
“We had to learn to come together as a team,” Overton said. “It was an adjustment during the first part of the season, but we’re doing what we’re supposed to do now.”
Overton, a four-star prospect committed to Oklahoma, has been on the radar for the last couple of seasons. He played a role in the 2012 championship and was a major contributor for the Trojans last season.
This year, though, he’s a leader and maybe the leader for Jenks. Tulsa Union got the best of Jenks in a Week 2 showdown in a 24-13 victory. A series known for its crazy endings didn’t have that in September as Union controlled much of the game.
Following a 7-6 loss to Owasso the next week, things changed for Jenks. The Trojans have won nine consecutive games and have won by at least 17 points in every single one of them.
“We had to figure things out, and that’s what we did,” Overton said. “All we wanted was a second chance.”
Overton and Jenks got that with a semifinal win over Owasso and can duplicate that with a win over Union and its third consecutive state championship.
Lawton vs. Bixby
If you can’t head to Tulsa for the 6A-I championship, Moore is the site for the inaugural 6A-II state championship between Lawton and Bixby.
The two teams haven’t played this season, and this one feels like it has worked out exactly the way it should have.
“It’s a heck of an opportunity for our kids to make history,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “It should be a great high school football game.”
Since losing to Jenks in Week 1, Bixby has won 11 consecutive games. Since losing to Lawton MacArthur in Week 2, Lawton has won 10 consecutive games. And Lawton Mac, coincidentally, will be gunning for the Class 5A championship Saturday against Skiatook at Yukon.