With the game tied 20-20 in the third quarter the pendulum could have swung in the favor of either team, but the more experienced Union Redskins were able to dial up the biggest plays down the stretch and staved off any rally attempts that the Jenks Trojans could muster up, in Friday night's 34-20 6A State Championship victory.
"We didn't take it for granted," said MVP Jeremy Smith who rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
"We just came out here and got it done."
Union came right out if the gate firing on all cylinders and it would only take them 2:03 seconds to put up their first points of the game on a 44-yard Jeremy Smith touchdown scamper.
The Skins would extend their first quarter lead to 13-0 behind another Smith TD run (32 yards).
"I thought the first quarter went pretty well," said Union head coach Kirk Fridrich.
Jenks would answer in the second quarter with a trio of scores (two field goals and a touchdown), but Smith's third touchdown of the night would secure a 20-13 Union lead heading in to the half.
Jenks would strike first in the second half and draw even with Union at 20, and it looked like the game was destined to be another ‘Backyard Brawl' classic.
But that is when the more experienced Redskins would put a firm grasp on their title aspirations.
While they put on a clinic running the ball in the first half they went to the air late in the game and took advantage of some mismatches in the secondary.
Receiver's Thomas Roberson and Anthony Foster would both score on long touchdown passes from quarterback Chase Boyce who was provided with plenty of time by an offensive line headlined by Brian DeShane and Shaun Simon.
With the ball inside the 10 with over eight minutes left to go in the game the Trojans would still have a shot to get back in to the contest, but a Randy Stanley interception of Sawyer Kollmorgan in the end-zone would put the brakes on the comeback bid.
"What a special night for our seniors," Fridrich beamed after the game.
"The second half turnovers, defense just holding tough against the big plays in the red-zone. We didn't want to get conservative. We aired it out in the second half and I think we were able to put some points on the board and give us a little cushion."
Union Offensive Line- Brian DeShane (2009), Shaun Simon (2009), and Alec Henry (2010) all played a rock solid game. They opened up huge holes for Smith and provided Boyce time to throw the ball downfield. They are all legit. DeShane and Simon already hold BCS level offers and Henry will certainly get some soon if he does not have a few already.
Anthony Rogers- Tulsa commit Anthony Rogers made a number of big plays and showed his versatility. He could play receiver or corner on the next level and may have been the fastest guy on the field. That says a lot considering the collection of talent that was on the field.
TE/WR Tracy Moore (2009)- One of the more undervalued players in the state. He is not only talented, but is tough as nails. Some people have questioned his speed, but there is no questioning his heart or athletic ability. There is little wonder that about 10 D1 schools have extended offers. He could be closing in on a commitment to Oklahoma State.
RB Jeremy Smith (2009)- Smith was the clear-cut MVP on the biggest stage in high school football. He is ranked as a four-star by Scout.com and he did nothing to hurt his ranking with his play. He has tremendous vision and is a natural talent. Like Moore people have questioned his speed, but there are not too many players running him down from behind.
WR Thomas Roberson (2010)- At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds Roberson is just starting to come in to his own. He battled through some injuries this year, but he is a playmaker with great speed. Outside of Gabe Lynn Jenks just did not have a player to match-up with him in single coverage.
CB Gabe Lynn (2009)- Like many teams Union did not test Lynn too often. The two times they did he was in position to make plays on the ball. He also had a great stop on Smith to save a touchdown, showing his tackling ability. Lynn is rated as a five-star prospect and is recognized as the top cornerback in the nation by Scout.com.
ATH Jarrett Lake (2010)- This 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete is going to be a fast riser in recruiting circles. He not only has a nice frame, but he has wheels and seems to be a natural athlete. He looks decent at receiver, but his future could possibly be on defense, as he is a physical player. He should be considered as one of the best in state for the class of 2010.
WR Tramaine Thompson (2009)- Lynn gets most of the pub in Jenks, but the Oregon State Beavers got a steal when they plucked Thompson. He is Mr. Playmaker and has gone largely unheralded despite the fact that he has been doing it for one of the nation's great programs for the past two years. And like RB Jacquizz Rodgers he will be making big plays up in Corvallis before you know it.
OL Bob Graham and Jake Alexander (2010)- Keep an eye on the 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior tackle Bob Graham. He caught my eye again after having a good night in the edge. Union was able to get pressure up the middle, but Graham held strong out on the outside and he opened up some room for the big play. Alexander also looked solid. He has already verbally committed to Tulsa.