Turnover-Causing Rams Shutout Jenks, to Clinch Spot in State Title Game

Game Recap

In the Ford Game of the Week, the Owasso Rams forced six turnovers while holding the Jenks Trojans scoreless on their way to a 21-0 win to clinch a spot in the 6A-1 state championship game.

Owasso’s defense was on point Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium, as they forced four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the win.

Owasso players celebrate their victory during a semifinal game of OSSAA Class 6A-I playoffs between Owasso and Jenks at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Highlights

Both teams were held scoreless until Owasso broke the 0-0 tie when quarterback Will Kuehne connected with wideout Tyrese Sisson for a 39-yard pass, which setup Kuehne to score from the 1-yard line to take a 7-0 lead with 16 seconds left in the second quarter.

Kuehne also scored another touchdown – this time from 11 yards out in the third quarter to take a 14-0 lead over the Trojans.

Owasso’s Will Kuehne throws a pass during a semifinal game of OSSAA Class 6A-I playoffs between Owasso and Jenks at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Owasso’s last score came on Kuehne’s screen pass to running back Bryce Cabrera, who juked around Trojans defenders on his way to the end zone for a 54-yard score touchdown.

Kuehne finished with 175 passing yards in the win.

“I am just so happy for my team,” Owasso Head Coach Bill Blankenship said. “They are the ones that have done all the work, did what we asked them to do and they bought into and they have found a way win.”

Owasso head coach Bill Blankenship looks on during a semifinal game of OSSAA Class 6A-I playoffs between Owasso and Jenks at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Owasso’s defense came in strong against the Trojans – Courtre Alexander and Josh Proctor picked off Jenks once each, while Dawson Adams took away the ball twice.

Owasso’s Courtre Alexander runs back an interception during a semifinal game of OSSAA Class 6A-I playoffs between Owasso and Jenks at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Jenks’ running game wasn’t hot like it was last week – only garnering 42 total rushing yards in the loss.

Trojans running back Noah Hernandez finished the night with 53 rushing yards.

Jenks running back Noah Hernandez finds an opening during a semifinal game of OSSAA Class 6A-I playoffs between Owasso and Jenks at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Season Reflection

“The journey these coaches and players have been on this year with so many challenges and the way they came out against a fabulous football team – Owasso is really good,” Jenks Head Coach Allan Trimble said.

In what some have speculated to be his last season as the head coach at Jenks, Trimble was grateful for all the support he has received after being diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, last year.

“Trimble is a very special dude,” Blankenship said. “We have a lot of history together – a lot of good and bad – but I have nothing but love for that man.”

Before he makes any sort of announcement, Trimble said he will talk to his family, friends and Jenks administration before he makes a decision about whether or not he will retire or come back to coach Jenks next season.

“Just like I always do, I’ll rest, talk to friends, say a lot of prayers and just evaluate and see where the Lord wants us to go,” Trimble said. “I mean, how can you complain about this? It’s unbelievable, so we’ll see. Jenks, they deserve someone that can really go.”

Up Next

The No. 2 Rams (11-1) will face Union for the gold ball. If Owasso defeats Union, it would be their first state title since 1974.

Want to see more?  We’ve got photos from this game available here.