Welcome back to Oklahoma high school football, Bill Blankenship.
In his first game as the head coach of the Class 6A Division I No. 6 Owasso Rams (1-0), Blankenship’s team annihilated the No. 2 Jenks Trojans (0-1) 48-10 at Allan Trimble Stadium Friday night.
The Rams had only beaten the Trojans twice since 1990.
“It’s a lot of fun to be back,” Blankenship said. “It was kind of the perfect storm tonight. Things worked out well and we got the turnovers that we needed.”
Two Oklahoma coaching legends collided, with Allan Trimble entering his 22nd year as head coach of the Trojans, with 13 gold balls under his belt.
Blankenship is coming off winning a high school state championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He also was the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Tulsa from 2011-14, and guided Union for 14 seasons, where he captured three gold balls.
Friday was a big improvement for the Rams, who went 3-7 last season.
“They were really beaten up last year,” Blankenship said. “In fairness, they played well in the first couple of games and then lost a couple of guys.”
One of those guys they lost last season early was top safety prospect Josh Proctor, who has committed to Ohio State when he tore his meniscus earlier in the season.
On Friday, Proctor was on full display for the Rams, as he returned a 100-yard interception for a touchdown.
“We came in as the underdog tonight and it feels great beating Jenks at their place,” Proctor said.
The Rams also saw big plays from Tyrese Sisson, who caught three of quarterback’s Will Kuehne’s five touchdown passes.
Kuehne also threw a touchdown pass to Devin Tyler and also Bryce Cabrera ran for a touchdown.
Jenks’ only touchdown on the night came on a 7-yard run by Jacob Shelley.
“I learned a lot about my team tonight,” Blankenship said. “We are going to have plenty to work on, but the execution tonight was really off the charts. I thought they played confidently. I give them a lot of credit for not letting this game get too big for them.”
The Rams head to Bartlesville to play the Bruins Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
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