FMQ: Jenks blitzes Southmoore...
By Justin Hite
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday (Afternoon) Quarterback … This week: Jenks vs. Southmoore.
I got a strange feeling as I walked into Moore Schools Stadium that this was going to happen. I looked down and saw Kendal Thompson still in street clothes and suddenly my feeling got stronger. It slowly unfolded, but came completely unraveled in the second half. If Southmoore was going to stay with Jenks in this game, the SaberCats were going to have to play a perfect game and even catch some breaks. Instead, Jenks played a near-perfect game and caught all the breaks.
There’s only one question now for Southmoore. Where do you go from here?
What happened: The Jenks Trojans showed why they are, and should be, the far-and-away favorites to win Class 6A this year. The SaberCats couldn’t stop Jenks. Period. Two of the three drives that didn’t end in points were actually stopped by the clock. But they didn’t get to 70 points without a little help from Southmoore. Strangely enough, the game was 21-14 at one point. Southmoore had just responded to a blocked punt that Jenks’ Matt Linscott took into the end zone.
But after Tre Edwards scored on a long touchdown run, Jenks took the ensuing kickoff back 95 yards as Alex Ross scored his third of four touchdowns. Ross went untouched and Jenks was literally unstoppable after that.
“We can’t put the ball on the ground and we can’t throw an interception,” Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. “Special teams, who can anticipate that. We’ve been pretty solid on special teams and they had a couple scores on special teams in the first half.”
Linscott scored his second touchdown when Edwards was a half-second late on a post route to tight end Jackson Stallings and Linscott stepped in front and took it the opposite direction.
Jenks was tired at the end of the first half. But in the second half, the SaberCats just couldn’t keep up offensively.
What does it mean: Southmoore has plenty of questions. Not the least of which is what is there left to play for. The SaberCats are in the worst predicament in spots. They need help to accomplish their goals. Southmoore is stuck behind Muskogee, which rolled Putnam City West last night.
The biggest question may still surround Kendal Thompson and it’s not when he’ll be back. With the SaberCats almost completely out of the playoffs is there a reason for him to come back at all. I know he wants to, but should he?
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