Class 6A District 4 Preview- Jenks Again?


Tuesday, August 29th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


District 6A-4


District Prediction

1. Jenks
2. Owasso
3. Broken Arrow
4. Muskogee
5. Tahlequah
6. Bartlesville
7. Memorial
8. Rogers

Six Players to Watch

1. Kejuan Jones- Jenks- Running Back- Nearly 4,000 career rushing yards and 50+ touchdowns. Fast, strong and sought-after by nearly every college in the nation.
2. Efe Mowarin- Memorial- Defensive Tackle- 6’3” 290 lbs. He may be the strongest lineman in the state. He’s a prototypical defensive tackle that every college coach wants clogging up the middle.
3. Lamont Moore- Owasso- Running Back- Lightning quick tailback. It’s hard to believe that a guy this good may only be the second-best runner in the district. He and Jones are awfully close skillwise.
4. Bobby Klinck- Jenks- Defensive Back- In reality, this may be the best player in the state. Ran for 1,000+ yards alongside Jones. He says he prefers defense, and that may be where he ends up in college. He’s just simply a terrific football player.
5. Brett Bynum- Tahlequah- Quarterback- 6’3” 180 lbs. One of those new-era QB’s. Has a great arm and runs a legit 4.6 40-yard dash. Had a great summer after sitting behind Justin Southerland for two years. Remember the name, he’ll out up great numbers.
6. John Coker- Muskogee- Running Back- 5’ 10” 175 lbs. He is blazing fast. He’s just lying back while Jones, Klinck and Moore get all the attention in the district. He’ll make a definite impact on the final results.

Six “Can’t Miss” Games

1. September 14th- Jenks at Union (Skelly Stadium)- No one can disagree that these have been the two best 6A programs of the last four years. Is this another state title game preview? 30,000+ fans will be on hand to find out.
2. October 19th- Owasso at Jenks- I’ve stated my love for individual match-ups in the past. Moore vs. Jones/Klinck will be fun. It’s a Thursday night spotlight on television as well.
3. September 7th- Broken Arrow at Union- BA could duck the serious competition in non-district, but they don’t. It’s just a shame this isn’t game one at the new home stadium.
4. September 8th- Stillwater at Muskogee- This is one of those fun little non-district games between contenders from different districts.
5. October 19th- Muskogee at Tahlequah- This is one of those even more fun games between contenders from the same district. The winner may grab the fourth playoff spot.
6. September 14th- Stillwater at Tahlequah- In that theme of great individual match-ups, here’s another one. Tahlequah pass-catch combo of Bynum-Clint Rountree vs. Stillwater combo of Josh Fields-Leonard Jones.

Team Capsules


Jenks
Head Coach: Alan Trimble
Last Year: 13-1 (6A state champs)
Strength: Please… what position is not a strength? If you had to pick one this year, it may be that impressive offensive backfield. Scott McCoy has gotten very good at handing the ball to great backs, but he’s not a bad passer when it’s needed.
Question Mark: I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but offensive line may be down a little. That is, of course, relative to what it has been. Newcomers may start at four line positions, but don’t lose any sleep.
Outlook: I’ll ride this horse ‘til it loses. Jenks is the clear-cut favorite to win a fifth-straight title.

Owasso
Head Coach: Davis Fisher
Last Year: 9-3
Strength: Seven seniors return top a defense that could be very stingy at times last year. Moore has an experienced line to run behind.
Question Mark: The defense giveth and taketh away. When they weren’t pitching shutouts, the defense was giving up thirty point games. Consistency will be a key. On offense, a new QB will start for fifth straight year.
Outlook: One of five Tulsa area teams that could win either western district this year. This will be a very solid playoff team.

Broken Arrow
Head Coach: Rick Jones
Last Year: 9-3
Strength: The defensive line is huge. The junior class will be the core of this team.
Question Mark: Mickey Nichols is gone at QB. Jones will replace him with either a junior or one of two sophomores.
Outlook: The numbers are there to replace heavy graduation losses. They’ll contend in 2000, but 2001 could be a special year for the Tigers.

Muskogee
Head Coach: Tony Peters
Last Year: 5-6
Strength: The offensive line is mammoth. The smallest starter is 250 pounds. Five starters average 275.
Question Mark: There will be a new QB this year. Two juniors fought through camp for the spot.
Outlook: “Psst…look out for Muskogee.” That’s been the buzz throughout the district. The fourth playoff team in this district will be a very good team.

Tahlequah
Head Coach: Todd Dilbeck
Last Year: 7-4
Strength: Offensive line returns three starters that could play division-one football next year. Bynum and Rountree should put up big numbers.
Question Mark: Kicking game took some big graduation hits. Lost are last year’s starting deep snapper, punter and kicker.
Outlook: I hate having to pick any team to miss the playoffs in this district, but reality is one won’t make it. It’s a toss-up, and Tahlequah could play their way in.

Bartlesville
Head Coach: Rich McGuire
Last Year: 5-5
Strength: The defense should be strong. Two returning inside LB’s are good. There’s a lot of speed on this side of the ball.
Question Mark: The quarterback position is unsettled. Two seniors are fighting it out and McGuire is not against using a platoon system.
Outlook: Ouch!! This is a tough district to try and break through in.

Memorial
Head Coach: Kevin McLain
Last Year: 5-5
Strength: There’s a lot of size on the offensive line. The first five are strong, led by Mowarin.
Question Mark: The new coaching staff got a late start. They took over the program July 16th.
Outlook: There are some good young players for McLain to build with. It’s unfortunate that Mowarin can’t go out in style. He’s a classy young man.

Rogers

Head Coach: Clifford Criddle
Last Year: 1-9
Strength: Very fast defensively. The best of which is WR-DB Keith Manning. He’s pure speed and will take at least one kick for a touchdown this year. Count on it.
Question Mark: 22 graduates from a 1-9 team in 1999. Must replace all five offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.
Outlook: Losses were too heavy. Young players will get plenty of time to build for the future. See Manning play once if you can.

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