MOORE — Pick your poison. That’s it. That’s what Southmoore’s players on offense think every time they step to the line. Who are you going to double? Who are you going to miss? You might stop one, but you can’t stop us all. It’s a mindset born from results rather than cockiness. The skill players for the 11-1 SaberCats have produced all season, in every game — even the lone loss. Top-ranked Jenks (12-0) will take a crack at it in a Class 6A semifinal Saturday at Putnam City Stadium. Can the Trojans do what no other team has this season ... stop, or even slow, Southmoore’s offense? Well, with no disrespect intended, the SaberCats have the same answer for that as they do for any other opponent you ask that question about: "Obviously, you can’t key on just one of us,” said receiver Nyko Symonds. "We have so many people who can do big things with the ball. The defense — what can they do? You can’t double against all of us. When we play like we can, our offense really is almost impossible to stop.” The SaberCats are averaging 411.5 yards per game total offense. In Friday’s 49-28 rout of Bartlesville, they reached that total by halftime and went on to post 632 total yards. But while the running game is stout, its Southmoore’s aerial options that make it so difficult to defend. Outside of Southmoore, four teams have a pair of players in the top 20 in 6A receptions. None of those teams have a third player on the list. Southmoore has two tandems and four players on the list. Focusing just on the outside, Symonds and fellow senior Derek Serowski give quarterback Kendal Thompson big-play potential every down. One of the better pass-catching combos in 6A, Serowski and Symonds have combined for 60 receptions, 1,289 yards, 10 touchdowns and an unreal average per catch of 21.4 yards. Both have also each had a three-touchdown game this season. "It causes a lot of problem because a defense has to focus on both of us instead of just one,” Serowski said. "With me and Nyko, we’re so athletic that if you try to cover us one on one, we’re going to make a big play.” Having seen film on Jenks, Southmoore feels it will have success in the air if the offensive line can block the Trojans’ massive defensive front. "Oh, yeah, definitely,” Symonds said. "They have a front four that’s ridiculous in terms of size and speed. But we feel if we give Kendal a little time, we’re going to have a good night.” Regardless of the foe, Southmoore coach Chris Jensen says he doesn’t have to bother with moving a best receiver around to get him the ball. "It’s comforting to know that any play you can call can work either way,” he said. "With Derek and Nyko — either one of them can make the play on any pass we call. "With what we present on offense, it’s good to know we can look at a defense and know that they’re giving us something somewhere.” Comparing like-opponents can be a slippery slope, but seeing as how Southmoore has played against every team that has a top-20 receiving duo, it’s easy to do. Bartlesville, which threw for 295 yards against the SaberCats (89 of which came against reserves in the fourth quarter), had 373 against Jenks, with Garrett Powell snagging seven passes for 196 yards. "Bartlesville threw all over them,” Symonds said of Jenks’ defensive backfield. "And our skill players are the best in the state. From what I’ve seen, we can own the secondary.”
Southmoore (11-1) vs. Jenks (12-0)→When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday →Where: Putnam City Stadium, NW 50, just west of Meridian Ave.