JENKS — Big plays by Jenks, especially by Noah Hernandez, rained down on Yukon, and the result was too much for the Millers.
Hernandez rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries to lead No. 3 Jenks to a 49-7 victory over No. 8 Yukon on Thursday night in District 6AI-1 action at Allan Trimble Stadium.
“Noah’s a fabulous running back. We play him all the time on defense,” said Jenks coach Allan Trimble about the 5-foot-9, 206-pound junior running back/linebacker. “He’s a very valuable player. I can’t say enough about Noah. He plays so well on defense, and then he comes in and gives us that kind of play on offense.”
Yukon (4-4, 2-2) stunned Jenks early with a big play of its own, as quarterback Perry Olsen completed a 44-yard bomb to a leaping Carvell McKinley to put the Millers up 7-0 after the first possession of the game.
But then Hernandez answered by ripping a 55-yard run through the Yukon line on its first offensive play of the game.
He followed two plays later with a 9-yard touchdown run. A swinging gate two-point conversion run by Hernandez followed, and Jenks led 8-7.
The Trojans scored next early in the second quarter when quarterback Ian Corwin connected with D.J. Wagoner over the middle, and Wagoner raced for a 30-yard touchdown. This time the swinging gate run failed, and Jenks led 14-7 — a lead the Trojans took into halftime.
“I thought after the first offensive series, our defense made some adjustments and got a better feel for the game,” Trimble said.
Trailing only 14-7 at halftime, Yukon had to be feeling confident, and certainly much better than it had in the two teams’ previous five meetings. Jenks had won all five of those games by an average scoring margin of 44.2 points, with the smallest margin of victory being 38 points.
But any confidence was shattered on the opening kickoff of the second half when Braden Phipps returned it 95 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to increase the lead to 21-7.
“It’s 14-7 at half, and we want to come out and try and steal that momentum early,” Trimble said. “Boy, they took that to heart. I was hoping for a great drive, but Braden Phipps did a great job and gave us a lot of momentum.”
That score seemed to open up the floodgates for Hernandez, who broke up the middle for touchdown runs of 62 and 36 yards on the next two Jenks offensive plays, and the Trojans were up 35-7 midway through the third quarter. From then on there was no doubt.
Corwin had a very efficient night, completing 12 of 15 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Phipps had three catches for 66 yards to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown.
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