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High school football: COVID-19 sidelines Bruins' head coach for Trojan Preview; Jenks wins pair

High school football: COVID-19 sidelines Bruins' head coach for Trojan Preview; Jenks wins pair


JENKS — Bartlesville’s Braeden Winters is one of the area’s top linebackers and thankful that he was able to start his senior year Friday night in the Jenks Trojan Preview despite the threat of COVID-19 that hovers over football.

“I’m very excited to be playing, blessed that we even have the season,” Winters said, adding that he doesn’t like having to wear a mask to school, but “it’s worth it to be playing football and keep doing all the extracurricular activities.”

COVID-19’s reality hit home for the Bruins this week as head coach Jason Sport tested positive for the virus.

This week was the first time in 20 years of coaching that Sport missed a day of work. Sport said by telephone Friday night that he was feeling better after starting breathing treatments and is “getting close to conquering it.” He looks to be back before the season opener Sept. 4 against Claremore.

“We’re trying to be as safe as we can,” Sport said.

Sport, with the benefit of a video stream, watched from home as his team lost 14-9 to Putnam City in a half-game scrimmage Friday at Allan Trimble Stadium.

“This has been a long, tough week, but I was really proud of our kids. They gave a great effort,” Sport said.

Among the highlights for Sport were several red-zone stops by the improved Bruins’ defense, which averaged allowing 37.5 points during a 3-7 season in 2019. Putnam City’s winning TD on Seth Wisby’s 9-yard run early in the second half was set up by a fumbled snap on the play after a Bruins’ red-zone stop.

”I thought we started off well and really rallied to the ball,” Winters said. “I thought we played a good second half, we just made a couple mistakes and allowed them to keep drives going, but I thought we recovered well.

I think it is something to build on. I definitely believe we’ll be a lot better and more fundamentally sound defensively this year.”

Associate head coach/offensive coordinator Jason Munoz is leading the Bruins in Sport’s absence. Sport, who has been in quarantine all week, had made plans for this type of situation as he and Munoz had rarely been in the same room this summer.

“Overall, I thought we played and competed well,” Munoz said. “We got a lot of kids reps, and that’s the most important thing. The defense really flew around the ball. One time (on Marcellous Hawkins’ 56-yard touchdown run) we just didn’t wrap up — it’s been a long time since they’ve tackled. We made some critical mistakes — that’s going to happen, but overall I’m thrilled, I’m fired up.

”I wish he (Sport) was here obviously because everybody feeds off of him. He’s part of our family. But what we’ve established in our culture, we kind of just run through it and we’ll be glad when we get him back.”

Added Winters, who had a sack that set up a safety, “Yes, for sure we definitely missed him (Sport). He’s an energy ball on the sidelines. We’re excited to have him back soon.”

Jenks 14, B.T. Washington 7

The story: Senior receiver/cornerback Jayden Patrick capped off his big night when he caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Kittleman with four minutes left to seal the Trojans’ second victory. Patrick set up the possession with a fourth-down sack. Washington avoided the shutout on Lathan Boone’s 27-yard TD screen pass to Jaiden Carroll with 1:07 remaining.

Notable: In the two games, Patrick had seven catches for 244 yards and two TDs. He also intercepted a pass. Kittleman was a combined 10-of-12 for 297 yards. Jenks’ Grant Lohr had a combined 15 rushes for 64 yards and three TDs.

Quotable: Jenks coach Keith Riggs on Patrick: “He has worked really hard and made some great progress on the offensive side of the ball, having not really played it the last two years. He’s going to be an impact player on both sides of the ball.”

Jenks 24, Muskogee 6

The story: Patrick caught four passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and he set up another TD with an interception. Kittleman was 7-of-8 for 208 yards in a half. Lohr rushed for two TDs.

Quotable: “Just happy we got to play football tonight more than anything,” Riggs said. “It was just a really good feeling to be back on the field. We were very rusty like I kind of expected without all the spring and summer stuff, but I saw a lot of good things.”


B.T. Washington 0 7 -- 7

Jenks 7 7 -- 14

J: Grant Lohr 10 run (Joey Havir kick)

J: Jayden Patrick 38 pass from Stephen Kittleman (Havir kick)

BTW: Jaiden Carroll 27 pass from Lathan Boone (Jackson Marsh kick)


Muskogee 0 6 -- 6

Jenks 24 0 -- 24

J: Grant Lohr 8 run (Joey Havir kick)

J: Lohr 3 run (Havir kick)

J: Jayden Patrick 64 pass from Stephen Kittleman (Havir kick)

J: FG, Havir 20

M: Brandon Tolbert 2 run (kick failed)


Putnam City 7 7 -- 14

Bartlesville 9 0 -- 9

B: Caleb Perry 2 run (Dylan McCoy kick)

PC: Marcellous Hawkins 56 run (Giovani Garcia kick)

B: Safety, ball snapped out of end zone

PC: Seth Wisby 9 run (McCoy kick)

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