“I certainly hope and think that we are going to fall into that second category, that we are going to elevate our play against Union,” he said. “I think our guys are genuinely excited to play that game.”
Dombek admits his players once had a sense of awe when facing a Jenks or Tulsa Union team. But the Huskies went toe-to-toe with the Redskins last year in a 17-16 quarterfinal loss.
“Since we've been there (playoffs) and since we've made a little bit of a run with 9 and 10 win seasons, I don't think our kids will be intimidated at all (playing at Jenks,)” Dombek said.
“We are not going in to any football game thinking we can't win it,” he said. “I don't think that will be an issue at all. The issue will be how talented, how well-coached and how good a football team Jenks is.
“We are on the road and arguably playing the best team in 6A in the last few weeks. They are just beating people in dominant fashion. I don't want to say we are going to have to play a perfect football game, but we are going to have to play as good as we have all year.”
Manning said his players recognize the challenge and opportunity that is in front of them.
“I just think perspective is really important,” he said. “What I don't want them to do is sell themselves short.
“Obviously, there is a great amount of respect for (Union's) football program and things that they have done and how good they are, but our guys have to realize we are not chopped liver.”
As much as the coaches in Edmond and Norman want someone from the west to break the Jenks-Union stranglehold, their focus this week is on their own clubs, not any east-west rivalry.
“Honestly, for us, it's always about the T-Wolves and our game,” said Norman North coach Wade Standley, whose Timberwolves (10-1) host Broken Arrow (8-3) on Friday night.
“I am really eager for the T-wolves to break that stranglehold.”