Pigskin Preview Revealed: Jenks Trojans Feature – Presented by BancFirst Jenks

Jenks Trojans

Coach: KEITH RIGGS 

Schedule:
8-24 – at Bixby

8-31 – vs. Mansfield, TX-Legacy

9-6 – vs. Bixby 

9-13 – at Union 

9-20 – OPEN

9-27 – vs. Broken Arrow 

10-4 – at Enid 

10-11 – vs. Yukon 

10-17 – at Edmond Memorial 

10-25 – at Norman 

11-1 – vs. Edmond Santa Fe 

11-8 – vs. Westmoore 

Quick Hits:

Since 1998 Jenks and Union have met twice in a season 16 times. Jenks owns four sweeps with Union having two. Ten years it has been split down the middle. Jenks swept last season’s meeting.  

The Trojans open the season looking for their second consecuitve win over Mansfield, TX-Legacy. Former Ada standout and Oklahoma Sooner Chris Melson is the head coach of the Broncos. 

While almost a formality, Jenks has made 30 consecutive trips to the state playoffs. It’s the longest streak in the state behind only Cascia Hall who has made 32 straight appearances.   

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 11-2

2017 – 7-4 

2016 – 11-1 

2015 – 12-1

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 14-0 

OFFENSE 

Jenks head coach Keith Riggs enters his second season as the lead man for the Trojans after taking his team to an 11-2 record in 2018 and a trip to the Class 6AI state finals, where the Trojans finished runner-up to the Broken Arrow Tigers. 

It was a breathtaking start to Riggs’ tenure as head coach for the Trojans, but this season Riggs and the staff must answer a few questions left by graduating seniors — most notably the quarterback position. Stephen Kittleman (5-10, 175, Jr.) has been the backup since his freshman season, and now he looks to take the reins and become the go-to guy in Greg Calabrese’s offense.  Cody Ross (6-0, 180, Sr.), a move-in from Berryhill, is looking to compete for the position. Ross was an outstanding player at Berryhill HS and like Kittleman, has looked good in spring ball.

One player the Jenks offense will lean on this season is Bo Estes (6-2, 195, Sr.). Estes can play wide receiver or tight end depending on need. He is a proven pass catcher with great hands. 

Will Cox (5-10, 195, Sr.) will pull double duty like last season, playing running back and corner. Justin Murphy (6-3, 205, Sr.) is emerging as one of the top receivers on the team. The offensive line is anchored by two guys with good experience in Max Johnson (6-2, 290, Sr.) and John Roberts (6-2, 270, Sr.). 

DEFENSE

The defense will need to fill some holes left by graduation and with a new defensive coordinator in Adam Gaylor, there could be a learning curve. But look for guys like Cox to step in without any hiccups. 

James Pruitt (6-1, 215, Sr.) brings experience to the defense at the linebacker position and should have a major impact this year. Matt Ackerley (6-1, 200, Sr.), like Pruitt, has a ton of experience and both players bring a toughness to the field that defines Trojan football.

Grant Lohr (5-11, 185, Jr.) will start in the secondary with Jayden Patrick (5-9, 175, Jr.). Both guys bring good speed to the field. Also look for Tyson Ward (5-10, 183, Jr.) to grab one of the open linebacker spots. 

Other players to look for include Will Mulready (5-11, 170, Jr.), Killian McGrew (5-10, 175, Sr.), and Drake Vannoy (5-9, 175, Sr.). 

The coaching staff includes Justin Glenn, Darrell Beeler, Trent Taber, Tramaine Thompson, Mike Gaines, Kyle Cherry, Josh Elmer, Tyler McGrew, Murphy Braden, Nick Whitmer, Justin Kay and Bryan Freeman.