Tahlequah Daily Press

December 13, 2013

Jenks wins 2nd straight 6A title

From Staff reports

— TULSA — This time, a game-saving catch by Dylan Harding wasn’t necessary. No, Steven Parker made sure of it.

Jenks’ senior wide receiver hauled in five passes for 164 yards and a touchdown as Class 6A No. 1 Jenks triumphed over No. 2 Union, 38-22, in the 6A championship game at Chapman Stadium on Thursday night.

Parker also hauled in an interception — the only one thrown by Union quarterback Mason Farquhar.

And it was also Parker who gave the Trojans the lead for good as they cruised to their second straight 6A championship — its 14th in school history.

After Union went ahead less than a minute into the game on Farquhar’s 56-yard touchdown run, Jenks thundered back with 21 unanswered points.

Jenks running back Cameron Booty put Jenks on the scoreboard with a 12-yard run. Then Parker followed with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Nunley to put the Trojans (14-0) up for good. A little more than two minutes later, Booty found the end zone again on an 8-yard run.

By the end of the first quarter, Jenks led 21-14. The Trojans then notched 10 unanswered points — a 24-yard field goal by Tyler Ridener and a 8-yard touchdown run by Nunley — in the second quarter to claim a 31-14 halftime advantage.

Booty finished the game with 176 yards on 26 carries. Nunley passed for 206 yards and two scores while completing 11 of 16 attempts.

The Trojans — who needed a 76-yard touchdown catch by Harding to prevail 20-16 in the first showdown between Jenks and Union earlier in the season — logged 454 yards of total offense. Union (11-3) had 369 yards on offense, led by Farquhar’s 289 yards through the air.

Carson Meier and Jeffery Mead pulled in seven catches apiece for Union. Meier had 108 receiving yards and Mead had 91.

The championship game was played a week later than originally scheduled. The game last week — which was to be played in Stillwater — was postponed due to winter weather. The game was also moved to Tulsa.

The 5A and 4A championship games will be played Saturday in Stillwater.