Union (Tulsa, Okla.) ended Jenks’ run as state champion, defeating the Trojans 45-21 in a 6A-I semifinal Friday.
Jenks was seeking a fifth consecutive state title, but Union running back Shamari Brooks, a Tulsa commit, made sure otherwise, running for three touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass. The Redskins (10-2) will play Norman North (Norman) in the 6A-I state championship game Dec. 2.
During the regular season, Jenks (11-1) won the “Backyard Bowl” rivalry game between the teams, 35-28, but this time around, the Redskins were the ones with the abundance of big plays.
After Jordon Curtis returned a third-quarter kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown to cut Union’s lead to 24-21, it was all Redskins.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tre Brown ran it back 95 yards for Union to give his team a 31-21 lead. Just before the end of the third quarter, Brooks ran it in from Jenks’ 20 to make it 38-21 for the Redskins. His last score came off a short 32-yard pass from Grady Davenport.
In the first half, Union won the coin toss and deferred and Jenks waited little time to put points on the board. Just 58 seconds into the game, Ian Corwin found Curtis for a 67-yard touchdown pass.
The Redskins bounced back, however, as Brooks ran it in from the 23-yard line to tie the score at 7. Early in the second quarter, Davenport tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to a leaping C.J. Moore to give the Redskins a 14-7 lead. Just a minute and a half later, Curtis connected with Reese Leitao for a 16-yard touchdown to tie it at 14.
Brooks put Union back on top 21-14 with a 1-yard touchdown run with a minute to go in the first half. The Redskins extended the lead to 24-14 early in the second half on a 32-yard field goal by Noah Rauschenberg.