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Jenks Trojans Open Season Against Owasso

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JENKS, Oklahoma -

Live high school football action counts for real tomorrow.

The Jenks Trojans start off the season with Alan Trimble facing off with an old friend.

It's been twelve years since Allan Trimble looked across a football field and saw Bill Blankenship on the other side, but tomorrow night, he'll see him again.

Allan Trimble said, "Coach Blankenship is a great coach, he's a great man."

Coming off a loss to Union in the state semifinals, Jenks opens the year against Blankenship's Owasso squad. The Rams may have won just three games last season, but Trimble isn't taking them lightly.

"They will be ready. He's a great coach, his team will be prepared." Trimble said. 

Jenks has state title expectations this year, because they're Jenks, and that's what they do. After falling to their arch rival, the Trojans are hungry.

Trimble said, "Hopefully that has motivated all of us to work a little harder and try to become better players and coaches."

Max Merritt said, "We've all been working very, very hard on the field and in the weight room and everything that we've done. Just put 100 percent effort."

With all the expectations, Jenks still does have some questions. The Trojans lost a lot of talent from last year's team. Allan Trimble says it's just going to take time to get the new guys up to speed.

"Just a lot of practice, trying to get Ian Corwin, our quarterback, in time with the new guys. In many cases, some of the receivers learning our system because they didn't play a lot last year." Said Trimble.

Trimble is replacing about half of last year's starting lineup, but expect the Trojans to be there in the end.

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