The Jenks-Tulsa Union game, generally considered the state's biggest high school football rivalry, will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) at 7 p.m. Friday from Tulsa's Chapman Stadium and will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com for the first time. Nathan Thompson, Rod Thompson and reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the “Backyard Bowl.”
Defending 6A champion Jenks is ranked No. 1 after beating Euless (Texas) Trinity 27-23 in its opener. No. 2 Union lost its opener to DeSoto, Texas, 44-20.
The teams split last year's meetings, with Union winning 14-7 in the regular season and Jenks rolling 41-10 in the 6A semifinals. Jenks has won seven of the past 10 meetings.
CBS OPENS SEASON WITH A&M-ALABAMA
CBS Sports kicks off its 13th season of SEC football coverage with No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the game. “College Football Today,” the network's pregame, halftime and postgame studio show, also will air from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Host Tim Brando is joined by Spencer Tillman and newcomer Brian Jones, a former NFL and Texas linebacker. Insider Tony Barnhart also will have reports.
Danielson on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He is a fine thrower of the football, but it may be the least best thing he does as an athlete. His vision, competitiveness, leadership and ability to see plays before they happen all make him a tremendous weapon. You can't take your eyes off him when he's on the field, very much like a Joe Namath or Magic Johnson.”