JENKS — It’s still called the Trojan Preview, but the venue where the preseason football scrimmage is played has a new name.
Hunter-Dwelley Field was renamed Allan Trimble Stadium on Friday, honoring Jenks’ hugely successful 22-year head football coach.
“They’ve done a pretty good job of keeping this a secret until the last few days,” Trimble said in an afternoon news conference. “It’s very exciting, but also very humbling.”
Diagnosed with incurable Amyotrophic Lateral Scleroris in the summer of 2016, Trimble has guided the Trojans to 13 state championships, winning more gold balls in football than any other Oklahoma high school coach.
“What we think about Allan is not just what he’s done in football,” superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield said. “It’s the difference he’s made in our community, how he touched lives by not only telling, but also showing, how to be humble and find fulfillment through serving others.”
Trimble was honored in a short ceremony before football teams from Jenks, Sand Springs, Muskogee, Putnam City and Del City took the field for practice mini-games.
He was accompanied on the field by wife Courtney; his parents, Dale and Mary Nell Trimble, of Cleveland; sister Kim Smith and family, of Cleveland, and others. But daughters Tori Trimble and Tylar Isenberg were unable to attend.
“I really appreciate everybody for showing up tonight … because I really feel like it’s an honor that should be celebrated with all Jenks fans, this community, this school, my family and so many great players and coaches who have come my way,” Trimble told the crowd.
“I’m very humbled, very honored, truly appreciative of everything you guys have done for us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
Butterfield said the administration and school board collaborated on the decision to rename the stadium. It was approved in the spring, but was largely kept under wraps until the words “Allan Trimble Stadium,” were unveiled Friday across the top of the renovated press box.
Butterfield said no disrespect was meant to the memories of Francis Hunter and Charles Dwelley, the late former Jenks High football players for whom the Jenks athletic field was named on Thanksgiving Day 1929.
“No reflection on them,” she said. “There are so many connections with current generations of students and past generations of students with Allan Trimble — and with who he is today.”
In the news conference, Trimble reflected on what it meant to have a stadium named in his honor even as his coaching career continued.
“I haven’t gotten my mind around that, yet. I’m a huge Bill Snyder fan, and when you go to Manhattan (Kansas) and see ‘Bill Snyder Family Stadium,’ I’ve always thought, ‘You know, they must think a lot of that guy,’” he said.
Snyder, Kansas State’s Hall of Fame coach, has 202 wins over 25 years at the helm.
Trimble continues to show no outward sign of being affected by his illness. How has he been during this preseason as he continues to cope with his incurable disease?
“I’m blessed,” he said. “I’m certainly not full of energy, but I’m full of happiness and excitement.”
Muskogee 17, Putnam City 17
Jacob Scheihing drilled a 24-yard field goal as time expired, salvaging a tie for the Roughers, a 6A Division II semifinalist last year.
Muskogee led 14-10 on Patrick Walker’s 1-yard run with about four minutes left, but Putnam retook the lead on the next play as AJ Newsome unloaded a 70-yard bomb to Jawaun Bell. Newsome also had an 8-yard TD run for the Pirates.
Jenks 21, Del City 6
The Trojans unveiled a new set of receivers and four men made plays, helping Ian Corwin throw for 141 yards and account for two TDs.
Braden Phipps had a 51-yard reception from Corwin, Will Cox caught a 22-yard TD pass and D.J. Wagoner and Blake Pitcock had three catches each. Corwin was 8 for 12 through the air and put the game out of reach with a 36-yard run with 1:58 left.
Sand Springs 6, Jenks 0
Payton Scott scored on an 8-yard run and totaled 41 yards on six carries, lifting the Sandites to victory over a Trojan squad largely of second-teamers.
Jenks backup quarterback Stephen Kittleman, a freshman, connected with six different receivers while going 8 of 12 for 124 yards. He had the Trojans in scoring position late before taking successive sacks by the Sandites’ Hayden Kramer and Kris Edwards.
MUSKOGEE 17, PUTNAM CITY 17
Putnam City 7 10 — 17
Muskogee 0 17 — 17
P: AJ Newsome 8 run (Julian DeLoera kick)
M: Mike Edwards 32 run (Jacob Scheihing kick)
P: FG. Deloera 30
M: Patrick Walker 1 run (Scheihing kick)
P: Jawaun Bell 70 pass from Newsome (DeLoera kick)
M: FG, Scheihing 24
JENKS 21, DEL CITY 6
Del City 0 6 — 6
Jenks 14 7 — 21
J: Will Cox 22 pass from Ian Corwin (Max Merritt kick)
J: Noah Hernandez 2 run (Merritt kick)
D: Zachary Borders 38 run (run failed)
J: Corwin 36 run (Merritt kick)
SAND SPRINGS 6, JENKS 0
Sand Springs 0 6 — 6
Jenks 0 0 — 0
SS: Payton Scott 8 run (kick failed)