MOORE — The weather made it ugly, and the Jenks defense made it uglier.
Fifth-ranked Westmoore managed just 50 total yards and five first downs in a 24-0 loss to Class 6A's No. 1 Jenks on a cold, wet Friday night at Moore Stadium.
The weather spoiled what could have been a thrilling matchup between the Jenks secondary, arguably the best in Oklahoma, and perhaps the state's deepest set of receivers for Westmoore. Instead, the game turned into the modern version of old-school football — three yards, without the cloud of dust.
And the Jenks defense, which some have argued ranks among the school's best ever, won the battle.
“We had watched a lot of film on Westmoore and they're really a lot more balanced in their offense, and giving people fits,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “I was really happy, because I thought we did a good job controlling the run game. I felt like if we ever got a lead on them, and make them pass, that we could get to them. But that didn't happen until late.”
Neither offense could make much happen early, with constant drizzle and a wind chill below the freezing mark. Dropped passes and bad shotgun snaps were the norm as both teams combined for 98 first-half yards.
But Jenks slowly built momentum with a pounding run game that produced 10 second-quarter points. The Trojans finished with just 134 yards on 43 carries, but they didn't turn the ball over and kept the clock ticking.
Despite failing to complete its first six passes, Jenks took a couple of late chances in the air, hitting both.
Sophomore quarterback Cooper Nunley hit Oklahoma State safety commit Dylan Harding for a 49-yard gain late in the third quarter to set up Trent Taber's second touchdown run of the night. Then Nunley found Harding again for a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.
“This weather was not something you want to play in a lot,” Harding said. “It was something different, so our game plan was to come out and pound the ball. Luckily it calmed down in the second half and we got to open up the playbook a little bit more, and that's what helped us.”
Westmoore, despite its struggles Friday, showed it can go blow-for-blow with the state's best.
And Westmoore can take solace in knowing it won't face another defense as good as the one it saw in the slop Friday night.
The Jaguars had a couple of dropped passes early, one of which would have gone for a touchdown on their first possession of the game. And Jenks was able to stuff their run game, ultimately giving up just 36 yards on 32 Westmoore carries.
But with two minutes left in the third quarter, the Jaguars still trailed only 10-0. Yet the Jenks defense delivered.
“We came out with great intensity and never let them get anything going,” said Taber, who primarily plays linebacker. “We knew if we could stop the run, we'd have a good chance to win, because it's tough to throw in these conditions, obviously. The defensive line played great, and that's about all there was to it."