No. 15 Union (Okla.) falls to rival Jenks in Backyard Bowl

No. 15 Union (Okla.) falls to rival Jenks in Backyard Bowl

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No. 15 Union (Okla.) falls to rival Jenks in Backyard Bowl

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This Backyard Bowl didn’t disappoint.

Jenks (Okla.) quarterback Ian Corwin passed for two touchdowns and ran for a touchdown to lead his team to a 35-28 defeat of No. 15 Union (Tulsa) Friday at the University of Tulsa’s Skelly Field. It was Jenks’ fourth consecutive defeat of the Redskins, and second consecutive Backyard Bowl victory.

The 16,000-plus fans for the game were treated to six lead changes and a stellar effort by Union running back Shamari Brooks that was for naught. Jenks is 3-0 with the win while Union falls to 2-1.

Trojans running back Jordon Curtis ran it in from the 7-yard line for the go-ahead score with 1:11 left.

Union wasn’t done, however, as it marched to Jenks’ 14-yard line, only to have Noah Strong bat down Grady Davenport’s last-ditch pass attempt. Strong also had a fourth-quarter interception.

Brooks ran for 241 yards and an 11-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 28. He also caught a two-point conversion pass from Davenport.

It was a game of wild swings and quick strikes. Noah Rauschenberg put Union up 3-0 with a 23-yard field goal, moments after Brooks ran for 65 yards on his first carry of the night. Davenport made it 10-0 for the Redskins with a 9-yard run.

The Trojans took a 14-10 lead, however, with two quick first-quarter scores, the first on a 10-yard run by Corwin and the second scoring drive ending on a 1-yard run by Reuben Thompson.

After that first quarter, things had to settle down. Union trimmed the lead to 14-13 on a 34-yard field goal by Rauschenberg midway through the second quarter. Corwin connected with Brett Standlee for a 34-yard touchdown pass to put Jenks up 21-13 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

Union tied it again at 21, as Tre Brown ran it in from the 4-yard line with a nice block by Brooks leading the way. Davenport found Brooks in the end zone for a two-point conversion pass with 2:47 to go in the third quarter.

Just 21 seconds later, Corwin unleashed what may have been the biggest play of the night, a 67-yard pass completion for a touchdown to Isaiah Epps and Jenks was back up at 28-21.

Brooks’ 11-yard run came with 11:49 minutes left and after Rauschenberg missed a 45-yard field goal, Jenks had enough time for its winning drive.

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