No. 2 Union 27, No. 1 Jenks 17
Friday, December 3rd 2004, 11:29 pm
By: News On 6
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Brad Glenn caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another score as No. 2 Union overcame a slow start to win the state Class 6A championship with a 27-17 upset of top-ranked Jenks on Friday.
Union players rushed onto the field in celebration of their second state title in three years and third overall. The Redskins (13-1) avenged a loss to their biggest rival in September.
"I got worried all night," Union coach Bill Blankenship said. "I was never able to relax. Champions never go away. They're going to hang in and hang in. We just needed to keep making plays, and fortunately we did."
Jenks (12-1), last year's state champs, failed its bid for an 11th title and eighth in the last nine years as the Trojans couldn't muster another fourth quarter comeback.
Andrew Brewer's 11-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dillard with 8:35 left in the third quarter pulled Jenks to 20-17 -- but the Trojans would get no closer.
Glenn carried a handful of Trojans defenders into the end zone on a 9-yard scoring run with 8:08 left in the game to make it 27-17. Brewer threw interceptions on Jenks' final three possessions, and Union ran out the clock.
"Brad just wasn't going to be denied," Blankenship said. "The guy was just rumbling. What a stud."
Glenn finished with 144 receiving yards on four catches and 18 yards rushing on three carries. Tony Moore added 71 yards and a touchdown on 23 rushes.
"They weren't putting a safety over the top of me," Glenn said. "They had him playing on the other side. It allowed me to get open."
Brewer and Freddie Carolina each had 82 rushing yards for the Trojans.
Jenks jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Freddie Carolina's 12-yard TD run 12 seconds into the second quarter. The Trojans appeared in control early, allowing just one first down while outgaining the Redskins 119 yards to 23 yards in the first quarter.
But Union stole the momentum when Clint Bales intercepted Brewer's pass at the Redskins 19. Jenks tight end Ben Cutten was open down the middle, but he bobbled it into Bales' arms.
Mackenzi Adams hit Glenn in stride down the sidelines for a 37-yard score seven plays later to cut it to 10-7. After Tony Moore's 2-yard TD dive, Adams and Glenn connected again.
Adams threw to a wide-open Glenn in the flat and the fullback outran Trojans defenders for a 57-yard TD with 1:11 left in the half, giving Union a 20-10 halftime lead.
"We came out slow," Adams said. "Some of the players got down a bit. It was tough. We got a couple of quick scores and everybody got up."