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Ian Corwin Leads Trojans Through Change, Adversity

By MIKE MOGUIN
Jerks District Gazette Sports Writer

By Mike Moguin GTR Sports Writer Ian Corwin joins a long list of quarterbacks who have engineered Jenks’ success over the past two decades. Corwin, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, is now in his third-year starting behind center, and for that he is grateful. “Just being a part of this team is special on its own,” Corwin says. “It means a lot to come out here every day with my best friends, with great coaches and to carry on the Jenks legacy. It’s very meaningful.” Corwin sees himself more as a pro-style quarterback. “I can throw the ball pretty well and I can definitely hold on to it and run it if I need to,” he says. “But, I think the biggest thing about being a quarterback is being able to lead and inspire the guys out there with you.” That is also something Corwin does well. His leadership has spurred the Trojans to semifinal appearances in the Class 6AI playoffs each of the last two seasons. In that time, he has passed for 6,011 yards and 54 touchdowns. In last year’s 6AI quarterfinals, he threw for 301 yards and four TDs and rushed for another two scores in a 49-16 win over Moore. Corwin has no favorite teams in the NFL, he just likes to watch games. But, he does admire Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. “He just wins,” Corwin says. “He’s a winner. That’s what I like about him. He has five rings.” When it comes to the college ranks, Oklahoma State is it. “My parents went there,” he says. Jenks was faced with adversity last year when it was dealt an unexpected 0-4 start. It eventually rebounded, but, it wasn’t easy. “It was definitely pretty tough,” Corwin says. “Growing up, Jenks was always winning, so it was definitely tough to get over. But after the first win, everything started to click and get better. It was really just about having to stay positive through it all.” With the 2018 season underway, Corwin, like the rest of his teammates, is undergoing a transition now that coaching legend Allan Trimble has retired. Keith Riggs was hired in May to fill the coaching spot after being a Trojans’ assistant for the previous 15 seasons. “I haven’t felt much of a change, honestly, because Coach Riggs, he’s been here for years,” Corwin says. “He worked alongside Coach Trimble. He’s been doing the same things Coach Trimble did. But, it will be different though not having Coach Trimble there because he was such a leader, such a great man and a great coach. A favorite memory as the starting quarterback was Corwin’s sophomore year in the Backyard Bowl, a 35-28 win against Union. “That was a super fun game,” he says. “It was a dogfight the whole way and we won that one, so it was pretty cool.” The Trojans opened the season with a 28-14 win over 6AII runner-up Bixby on Aug. 24. They hosted Mansfield (Texas) Legacy the following week (Aug. 31), before their annual rivalry with Union (Sept. 7) at Chapman Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Following an off-week, Jenks meets Broken Arrow on the road (Sept. 21) and Enid at home (Sept. 28). “It’s going to be a tough schedule for sure,” Corwin says. “There’s going to be a lot of great teams that we’re going to play, with a lot of talent. But, if we do our thing, stay focused through it all, and stay positive, I think we’ll be able to have a good year.” The latter stretch consists of visiting Yukon (Oct. 5), hosting Edmond Memorial (Oct. 12), Norman (Oct. 19) and concluding on the road against Edmond Santa Fe (Oct. 26) and Westmoore (Nov. 1).


Photo by MIKE MOGUIN for GTR Newspapers


By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer

Ian Corwin joins a long list of quarterbacks who have engineered Jenks’ success over the past two decades.

Corwin, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, is now in his third-year starting behind center, and for that he is grateful.

“Just being a part of this team is special on its own,” Corwin says. “It means a lot to come out here every day with my best friends, with great coaches and to carry on the Jenks legacy. It’s very meaningful.”

Corwin sees himself more as a pro-style quarterback.

“I can throw the ball pretty well and I can definitely hold on to it and run it if I need to,” he says. “But, I think the biggest thing about being a quarterback is being able to lead and inspire the guys out there with you.”

That is also something Corwin does well. His leadership has spurred the Trojans to semifinal appearances in the Class 6AI playoffs each of the last two seasons. In that time, he has passed for 6,011 yards and 54 touchdowns. In last year’s 6AI quarterfinals, he threw for 301 yards and four TDs and rushed for another two scores in a 49-16 win over Moore.

Corwin has no favorite teams in the NFL, he just likes to watch games. But, he does admire Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

“He just wins,” Corwin says. “He’s a winner. That’s what I like about him. He has five rings.”

When it comes to the college ranks, Oklahoma State is it. “My parents went there,” he says.

Jenks was faced with adversity last year when it was dealt an unexpected 0-4 start. It eventually rebounded, but, it wasn’t easy.

“It was definitely pretty tough,” Corwin says. “Growing up, Jenks was always winning, so it was definitely tough to get over. But after the first win, everything started to click and get better. It was really just about having to stay positive through it all.”

With the 2018 season underway, Corwin, like the rest of his teammates, is undergoing a transition now that coaching legend Allan Trimble has retired. Keith Riggs was hired in May to fill the coaching spot after being a Trojans’ assistant for the previous 15 seasons.

“I haven’t felt much of a change, honestly, because Coach Riggs, he’s been here for years,” Corwin says. “He worked alongside Coach Trimble. He’s been doing the same things Coach Trimble did. But, it will be different though not having Coach Trimble there because he was such a leader, such a great man and a great coach.

A favorite memory as the starting quarterback was Corwin’s sophomore year in the Backyard Bowl, a 35-28 win against Union.

“That was a super fun game,” he says. “It was a dogfight the whole way and we won that one, so it was pretty cool.”

The Trojans opened the season with a 28-14 win over 6AII runner-up Bixby on Aug. 24. They hosted Mansfield (Texas) Legacy the following week (Aug. 31), before their annual rivalry with Union (Sept. 7) at Chapman Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Following an off-week, Jenks meets Broken Arrow on the road (Sept. 21) and Enid at home (Sept. 28).

“It’s going to be a tough schedule for sure,” Corwin says. “There’s going to be a lot of great teams that we’re going to play, with a lot of talent. But, if we do our thing, stay focused through it all, and stay positive, I think we’ll be able to have a good year.”

The latter stretch consists of visiting Yukon (Oct. 5), hosting Edmond Memorial (Oct. 12), Norman (Oct. 19) and concluding on the road against Edmond Santa Fe (Oct. 26) and Westmoore (Nov. 1).

Updated 09-14-2018

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