Even without Jarrett Lake playing for Jenks this season, the Trojans still have a ton of talent returning from last season’s Class 6A state runner-up. In addition to offensive linemen Jake Alexander and Bob Graham, Jenks has at three more players who could wind up playing Division I football. The most surprising might be defensive back, senior Devin Pugh. He didn’t start last year but did contribute in the secondary. Trojans coach Allan Trimble said Pugh might be a sleeper with continued improvement. David Lore has been getting plenty of looks. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound defensive lineman gained 30 pounds over the summer and maintained his above-average speed for a lineman.
MEMORIAL AIMS FOR PLAYOFFSWith 16 starters returning, Tulsa Memorial (3-7) could be primed to make the 6A playoffs. Memorial will make use of its biggest strengths, running backs and the offensive line. Third-year starter Tyler Simms is more of a threat to run than pass. "Our strength is up front with the line and the running backs and fullbacks,” Memorial coach Tony Daniels said. "Our weakness is the passing game. We completed less than 50 percent of our passes last year.”
BIG THINGS EXPECTED FROM DEATONSand Springs made the playoffs for the first time in awhile, thanks in part to the play of quarterback Johnny Deaton (6-3, 200). He produced 3,383 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Oklahoma State oral commit struggled at times during the Jenks Trojan Preview last week, but Deaton teamed with Terrance Dixon, who should help alleviate some of the pressure. As a side note, the Sandites’ line will need to keep Deaton healthy. He suffered two ankle injuries this summer. BY MATT PATTERSON
District 6A-3 Coaches Poll→1. Jenks (12-2, 2008 state runner-up) →2. Broken Arrow (9-3) →3. Sand Springs (6-5) →4. Muskogee (7-4) →5. Bartlesville (5-5) →6. Claremore (4-6) →7. Tulsa Memorial (3-7) →8. Sapulpa (0-10)