There will be a lot of history and tradition on the field when Jenks hosts Midwest City at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Jenks has 13 state championships, while Midwest City has five. And it was Jenks that ended Midwest City's run of dominance in the mid-1990s, after which 6A football became the Jenks-Union show.
But tradition won't matter between the lines Friday. This game will be about defense.
Opponents have scored just 133 points against Jenks this season, best in the state. Midwest City has allowed 151 points through 11 games — which is exactly 200 points fewer than the Bombers allowed in 10 games of the dismal 2012 season.
“I trust the kids to make plays,” first-year Midwest City defensive coordinator Jason Sexton said. “Our biggest key has been turnovers. We've created a lot of turnovers to shorten the field for our offense. The offense has come around, and that's what we were hoping for, to have all three phases of the game playing well heading into the playoffs.”
Midwest City is coming off its best offensive performance of the year in a 49-25 win over Edmond Santa Fe, while the Jenks offense had its lowest output of the season in a 14-10 win over Owasso.
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