Jenks Trojan Begin Quest for 15th State Championship
High School football practice began in the state of Oklahoma Monday morning. The Jenks Trojans hit the field at 6:00am as they began their quest for a 15th state title. There will be a lot of new faces on the Trojans roster this season, but they come in with the attitude of it's my turn to step up and carry on that winning tradition. "We talked about it at a couple of meetings this summer. About what kind of legacy this group wants to leave." Allan Trimble, Jenks Head Football Coach, "There are a lot of question marks, a lot of kids who haven't played, but again every year at Jenks a lot of kids wait until this time of year to come out and find their way. So we're looking forward to that."Jenks graduated a lot of talent from last year's state championship team, but they bring back the most important position -- quarterback. Cooper Nunley went 14-0 a year ago as a sophomore."He's a much bigger and stronger physical player this year. He's had a great off-season, so physically we're really excited about his strength." Trimble said, "And then you've also got to love that he has a year under his belt. He's more comfortable in the offense and he's a better leader because he's got more confidence and understands what we're doing."
"People definitely look at you differently and you have to play a different role." Jenks Starting Quarterback, Cooper Nunley said, "You've got to make sure everyone knows what they're doing and you're kind of more in charge than I was last year. There were times when I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do and this year I feel real confident in all my reads and what I'm supposed to be doing."Cooper is working on building chemistry with his new receivers and he says he has five or six targets he feels comfortable throw to. On defense, Jenks has some huge holes to fill. It won't be easy finding replacements for two big 12 safeties."That's going to be pretty difficult physically. We've got a bunch of guys in line that are good players. They are very smart and understand what we do." said Trimble. "And again, just because you couldn't beat out Dylan Harding or Steven Parker last year doesn't mean you can't play. So, we're looking forward to those guys stepping up. We're not worried, we just want those goes to go out an get experience and step up."
The Trojans live by the mantra that tradition never graduates. That will be put to the test once again this year.
Jenks opens the season at home on September 5th against the Bixby Spartans.