GOING UP: Brett Standlee of Jenks goes high for a catch earlier this season in a game at Edmond Memorial.
Courtesy of REAGAN RENFROE
Brett Standlee is making the best of his final football season at Jenks. The Trojans’ wide receiver will be moving on to Oklahoma State next year as a pitcher and third baseman for the Cowboy baseball team.
Standlee (6-4, 210) has made some dazzling touchdown catches in traffic this season, helping the Trojans win the state championship in the highest classification for the past four seasons. Not everyone picked them to five-peat, but once again, they’re on a roll at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District 6AI-1.
“It’s all about tradition here,” Standlee says. “Each year it’s about challenges and obstacles. Coach (Allan) Trimble teaches that you lose players each year and you have to replace them, and that it’s time for kids to step up and do their role.”
As for Standlee’s touchdown catches, he made one in the season opener against Owasso then came a stellar catch in the end zone against Union in the MidFirst Backyard Bowl.
Standlee also added one against Broken Arrow, a game in which teammate Isaiah Epps had a phenomenal night in the receiving department, and another against Edmond Memorial.
“When the coaches are talking to us, they emphasize on doing our part,” Standlee says. “As a receiver, you got to be able to catch it, but you also got to be able to block. Us receivers do a good job of blocking, and it opens up the passing game quite a bit.” Standlee loves making such plays for the team. “When you go out there and you’re one-on-one with the defender, you got to win the battle,” he says.
The TD reception against Owasso is Standlee’s favorite moment. “It was a pretty challenging catch because it was a big game to start the season off,” Standlee says. “I caught it over my head.”
In the Owasso game, Jenks fell behind 7-0 but wasted no time tying it on an 80-yard run from Arkansas commit Jordon Curtis. Standlee put the Trojans ahead for good when he caught a 21-yard TD pass from sophomore Ian Corwin that broke the tie, putting his team ahead 14-7. Jenks went on to beat the Rams, 41-23.
Working hard is what has made Standlee and other receivers strive at Jenks. “Athletic ability gets you so far, but the work ethic takes you into higher places,” he says. “As receivers for Jenks, we emphasize that it’s how hard we work and how much we put in, like time and film and effort. It’s all about effort.”
Standlee also praises the growth of Ian Corwin behind center. “You can’t replace Cooper Nunley from last year, but a player can certainly come in and do a good job,” Standlee says. “Ian Corwin is young and he still has got things to learn, but he is a tremendous athlete. Quarterbacks/offensive coordinator Coach (Dub) Maddox does a great job of teaching him progressions and stuff. He’s got a long way to go but he’s doing great.”
With the success and being ranked No. 1, it’s easy to believe that Jenks is on its way to another state title, but Standlee and his teammates won’t see it that way.
“You don’t want to say you’re on another run, but we’re playing well right now and we’re doing our jobs. We’ve got a chance,” he says.
What also makes the season special is playing for their coach.
“We’ve talked about playing for something greater than ourselves, and we are playing for Coach Trimble while he battles his ALS disease,” Standlee says.
“Us seniors took it upon ourselves as if it were his last year, and he has been doing it for 20-something years. For him to be out here and doing something that he’s been doing when he is battling that, for us, we have to come out and fight for him and unite as one,” Standlee says.
Since Standlee plays baseball, he also plays for Danny Morgan, who got his 900th coaching win on the diamond last spring.
“To play for two legendary coaches, it is a blessing,” Standlee says.