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.
ROCKETS' BOND SIGNS WITH AMERICAN
Mount St. Mary senior Kaely Bond became the school's first girls basketball player to sign to play Division I basketball Monday when she signed her National Letter of Intent with American University.
Bond, a Little All-City First Team selection last season, led the Rockets with 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season.
St. Mary finished second in Class 4A, losing to Fort Gibson in the title game. The Rockets' 25-6 record was the best in school history.
American, located in Washington, D.C., won the Patriot League last season and matched the school record with 23 wins before falling to Villanova in the WNIT.
St. Mary softball player Kecia Sharp also signed a Division I letter of intent with Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
DRAPER, PIRTLE ALLOWED TO PLAY FOR USA
Locust Grove's Jason Pirtle and Collinsville's Levi Draper were unanimously approved by the OSSAA board of directors last week to be allowed to play in different international games.
Pirtle will play for Team USA in the International Bowl against Canada on Feb. 8, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Draper, just a freshman, will play for the USA All-Stars in the Eastbay All-American Bowl against Canada on Jan. 15, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.