Adkins ready for rematch with Union

By Matt Patterson Modified: November 29, 2007 at 12:42 am •  Published: November 29, 2007

e sees the holes like Freddie. I wouldn't say he's a track guy, but he has tremendous quickness. He can be physical when he has to be. He's not afraid to run inside the tackles. I'd compare him to a quick Josh Fiddler. Josh could catch the ball and run inside and out. He's very competitive like Rocky. He has those same characteristics.”

Adkins will need all of them if Jenks is to beat Union. The Trojans lost to Union in overtime, 43-42, in their last meeting. In that game, Union's Jeremy Smith ran wild, rushing for 155 yards and a 7.4 yard per carry average. The sophomore is considered as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in Oklahoma's high school ranks.

"That's a hard question to answer,” Adkins said, when asked to compare himself to Smith. "He's a great player. He's a lot stronger than I am. He breaks tackles better than I do. I think I'm more elusive. We have different styles, but he's a great back.”

Ginther knows who he prefers.

"I've never played with Jeremy, but I don't think someone could be as good in high school as Chris,” he said. "I'd take him over Jeremy, but that's just me.”

Adkins has been recruited by Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Texas Christian. With high school coming to an end, he's savoring every last practice, and he can't think of a better way to bow out than against Union.

"I love rematches,” Adkins said. "Whether we win or lose the first one, I love playing them again. We all do.”

Jenks' Chris Adkins, right, celebrates on the field following his team's 28-7 win in the 2006 Class 6A championship game. The running back has two straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Trojans. by MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN archive

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