By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer
Division-I players loaded the Jenks state championship football squad in 2015.
That team currently stands as the last squad to win state. It is also forever known as the one to win the last school title during the coaching regime of the legendary and late Allan Trimble.
Jenks finished the year with a 11-1 record. Cooper Nunley led the team as quarterback, with wide receivers Dillon Stoner, Austin Quillen, along with running backs Jordan Curtis and Rueben Thompson.
The Trojans began the year with a convincing win at Bixby (58-24), then beat Union (45-27) in the annual Backyard Bowl. A non-district game against Owasso was canceled due to inclement weather and was not rescheduled. Action resumed with a win in the district opener against Putnam City (66-7), followed by victories against Norman (63-10), at Westmoore (48-0) and Edmond Santa Fe (56-21).
The Trojans lone blemish was a 35-34 setback at home against Broken Arrow, whom they would get back eventually in the Class 6AI state championship game.
They rebounded with wins at Edmond Memorial (40-0) and Yukon (70-14) to conclude the regular season.
Jenks dismantled Norman North 69-34 in the first round of the playoffs. Another win against rival Union (33-17) followed and the rematch with Broken Arrow was set up for the final at Chapman Stadium on the TU campus.
The Trojans would finish out on top over B.A. in a convincing 35-14 win. But it didn’t start that way as Jenks found itself behind on the scoreboard briefly.
The game started with Jenks recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff and scoring two plays later on a one-yard run by Thompson. The extra point failed and Jenks was up 6-0 less than a minute into the game.
Another touchdown from Thompson — from 31 yards — made it 13-0 eight minutes into the game. Thompson would score again later to finish with three TDs with 117 yards on 24 carries.
Broken Arrow, coached by former Trojan assistant David Alexander, scored a pair of TDs to take its only lead 14-13.
But Jenks would regain the lead with a 26-yard field goal and was up 16-14 at halftime.
With strong defense and a key turnover, the second half would be all Trojans.
Nunley, in his third-year as a starter, hit Stoner for a 67-yard TD and it was 23-14.
Thompson scored his third TD from seven yards with 7:32 left in the game. Carter Nelson scored from the same distance with 1:05 to go. Both PATS were missed.
Jenks would capture its 16th state title in school history and 13th under Trimble.
Nunley finished the game with two TD passes, 285 yards on 15-of-23 attempts. The Trojans totaled 463 yards of offense and forced three turnovers that night.
The following summer, Trimble was diagnosed with ALS, which led to his retirement after two more seasons of coaching. He passed away last December.
Stoner has had significant success at Oklahoma State University and is expected to contribute to the Cowboys this season as a senior. Curtis is now entering his junior year at the University of Arkansas. Quillen went on to play at Vanderbilt University.