Jenks Wins Defending State Champions Battle
9.7.15 by Ron Holt
The battle of the defending state champions and current No. 1 ranked teams was a battle for a quarter and a half.

At the time, Jenks, the Class 6A-I defending state king, led Bixby's defending Class 6A-II state champions by 13-10.
Jenks took control from that point on, scoring the next 45 points en route to a 58-24 victory over the Spartans in front of an overflow crowd at Lee Snider Field last Friday night.

Bixby produced from the outset, taking the opening drive and going on an 18 play scoring drive that ended with Jason Campbell's 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 6:36 left in the first quarter.

Jenks capitalized on a short Bixby punt on its second possession to take the lead, driving 28 yards in three plays. Dillon Stoner scored on a five-yard reverse for a 6-3 JHS lead with 2:52 showing in the first stanza.

Early in the second quarter, Jenks increased its lead to 13-3 when Carter Nelson caught a four-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Cooper Nunley at the 10:04 mark.

Bixby quickly cut into the deficit following a 35-yard kickoff return by Coby Tillman and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Jenks.
Starting at the Jenks' 46-yard line, Spartan senior running back Nic Roller capped off a five play drive with a 15-yard touchdown burst. Campbell's point-after kick narrowed Jenks' lead to 13-10 with 8:55 left until halftime.

Jenks, which had 492 total offensive yards, scored 24 straight points to build up a 37-10 lead at intermission and scored 21 consecutive points after halftime for a 58-10 lead with 3:17 remaining in the third period.

Bixby scored two late touchdowns on a three-yard run by Roller late in the third quarter and 24-yard run by junior quarterback Tanner Griffin midway through the fourth quarter.

"We did some things early on but I was disappointed in how we responded when we faced adversity, which is what happens in football. I didn't like our body language when things didn't go our way," said Bixby head coach Loren Montgomery.

"There are a lot of things we've got to work on. We didn't look like we were in shape since we had a lot of guys cramping up. That's my fault," he added. "I thought Nic showed he's a good player. But, other than that there weren't very many things I was happy about tonight."

Roller was the offensive highlight for the Spartans, rushing for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Roller received good blocks by Bixby's inexperienced offensive line but also created a lot of yards through tough running.

'At times we clicked but at times we didn't play well. I think we gave up three sacks tonight so we've got to work on that next week," said 6-0, 265-pound senior Oliver Pate, the lone returnee to the offensive line. "We just have to keep a good attitude and get better.

"It's safe to save to say this was one of the best teams in the state we played tonight but as a unit we would have liked to have come out and played better," Pate added. "This is definitely a stepping stone to what we want to become. We had some flashes of good things and some flashes of bad things that we have to work on."

NEXT GAME - Bixby remains home Friday, Sept. 11, when the Spartans entertain East Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The Cardinals lost to Bartlesville, 47-0, in its season opener Friday night.

SPARTAN NOTES - Coby Tillman, a 5-11, 231-pound sophomore linebacker, returned kicks against Jenks. He had seven returns for 132 yards, averaging 18.9 yards a return. Bixby struggled throwing the ball as quarterback Tanner Griffin was 11-of-29 for 157 yards. Cade Cabbiness caught six passes for 86 yards. Bixby, which ended with 340 total offensive yards, had one turnover and was penalized six times for 50 yards. Jenks was flagged 10 times for 90 yards.