Jenks Juking Adversity Heading Into Postseason

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:21 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Nov 9, 2009 10:14 PM CDT

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Kyle Dierking
Oklahoma Sports Reporter

JENKS, Oklahoma -- The surprises have been few, if any for the Jenks Trojans on the field this season.

Another perfect record, another district championship and Jenks is again the favorite to win the 6A gold ball.

“I think it’s been the same as it has been every year – just the way that we play,” said senior offensive lineman Jake Alexander. “We play the same every year; we just have something more to play for this year.”

Off the field issues have been an entirely different story. Trojans head coach Allan Trimble and offensive line coach David Alexander have been suspended indefinitely. Both have been out the last six games after an investigation found them violating OSSAA rules. David Alexander’s son, Jake, has been leading the team through it all.

“I kind of figured after it all happened that I had a bigger job to accomplish,” Alexander said. “I kind of just try to keep the team together.”

Jake’s heavy heart has helped the Trojans through a tough time, but not having his father coaching him during practices and games has been hard thing to go through.

“It’s been tough on my family overall,” Alexander said. “He’s coached me forever since third grade, ever since I was a little kid and he misses all the guys here, just being around the coaches and everything – just the normal life he had.”

The Trojans are going for its 10th state title in 14 seasons, but they say hoisting the gold ball this year would mean a lot for a team that’s been through so much.

“It would feel really good,” said Jenks tailback Zach Langer. “It’s for coach Trimble.”

“(Trimble’s) been the coach here forever and he built this program and he’s pretty much everything to Jenks,” Alexander said. “He’s always with us.”

Jenks has won the nine of the last 13 state championships in 6A and the only years it has not appeared in the title game during that time span was 2002 and 2005.

1996 Jenks 28, Midwest City 17
1997 Jenks 56, Yukon 8
1998 Jenks 41, Union 28
1999 Jenks 14, Union 7
2000 Jenks 31, Union 12
2001 Jenks 38, Putnam City North 28
2003 Jenks 17, Edmond Santa Fe 10
2006 Jenks 28, Enid 7
2007 Jenks 42, Union 24