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November 22, 2006

Jenks coach expects battle

Coach Allan Trimble knows exactly how much the game has changed the last time his Jenks Trojans and the Muskogee Roughers clashed.

It was back on Oct. 6 and Muskogee quarterback Rell Lewis went down with a torn right medial collateral ligament on the game’s opening kickoff.

“We got a lot of breaks,” he said. “The complexion of that game was completely different from what people expected. Certainly, Muskogee was having to scramble after doing without 80 percent of their game plan.”

Dre Stout later went down with a left ankle sprain and the Trojans went on to take the 28-3 victory.

Now, seven weeks later, Trimble knows the Roughers aren’t completely healthy but still present quite a challenge for his team when the two meet Friday night at 7:30 in the Class 6A semifinals at Tulsa Union Tuttle Stadium.

“Watching the three tapes we’ve got, (Lewis) looks like he’s getting progressively better each week. He’s playing with a lot of maturity,” Trimble said. “You can’t line up against a team with a quarterback that talented, you can’t stop just one guy. They’ve got a lot of guys.

“Their diversity doesn’t allow you to gang up on just one of them.I know those type of injuries (that Stout has) don’t go away. (Junior wide receiver Jameel) Owens has amazing ability. If you double team on him, they’ve got the ability to run up the middle.”

But the Trojans, 11-1 for the season, have been stingy against the run this season, giving up just 2.9 yards per carry and the opposition has completed only 38.5 percent (101 of 262) of its passes for 844 yards.

The leader of the defense has been senior end Tanner Shuck. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has 112 tackles, including 18 for a loss, and a school-record 20 sacks.

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