By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer
Jenks is gunning for another state football championship to add to its trophy case after winning it all last year.
One of the key weapons in the Trojans’ arsenal is Glenver Jones (5-8, 142, senior), a wide receiver who also plays defensive back.
Jones, a two-year starter, caught two touchdown passes for 61 and 11 yards from freshman quarterback Shaker Reisig, in the Trojans’ 31-14 win against Broken Arrow on Oct. 1.
His TDs gave Jenks a 14-0 lead early in the game.
“The key was that we know that BA runs man coverage. We just beat our man, get open and catch the ball. That was the main game plan coming into the BA week,” Jones said, adding, “It was a great win, because it puts us in the driver’s seat for the district championship.”
Jones also pointed out how the BA game was important because “it determines if you have home field advantage or not.” The Trojans (5-1 overall, 3-0 in DIstrict 6AI-1) are in the same district as the Tigers.
Another key for Jenks was a 22-0 win against archrival Union in week 2. That victory came in the background of Union’s newly renovated stadium.
“That’s a huge game. That is like a state game for us. We now have bragging rights over them for the second year in a row. The fact we shut them out is amazing. In fact, we made history that night by shutting them out, so that’s just great.”
As a receiver, Jones relishes the recognition.
“It brings a lot of attention to you,” he said. “You feel a lot of pressure, but you got to be able to handle it. It’s just a big role that you have to fill.”
What he likes about the receiving role is “when you watch TV and see the deep ball thrown, the receivers are the ones who catch it. They have a lot of the spotlight when they catch the ball and run with it. When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be a receiver because I like to be in the spotlight a lot. That was my goal once I started getting up to high school football,” Jones said.
Favorite NFL receivers of Jones’ are Odell Beckham Jr. of the Cleveland Browns and Steffon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills.
When asked to describe his skills, Jones said, “I have to start with a lot of speed and agility. I can get in and out of breaks and I have heart. Because I’m not very tall, I go by a motto of ‘heart over height’ and I just go out there and play every game like it’s my last. That’s just what I do.”
When Jenks won the state championship last year, it was a special moment for the program.
“It felt great because in the previous two years, we came up short by a touchdown,” Jones said. So that third year when we made it back, it felt great to hoist the trophy and we broke the five-year span of not winning state.”
Before taking the 2020 title, Jenks last won state in 2015. It lost to Broken Arrow 28-20, and Owasso 14-6, respectively in the 2018 and 2019 finals. Jenks beat Edmond Santa Fe, 41-14, in the 6AI state championship a year ago.
Jones said the key to winning state again in 2021 is to “attack every week like it’s our last. We have to keep our communication and chemistry together and play hard every Friday and have a great game plan going in. I feel like we can’t be beat at that,” he said.