YUKON — Three years ago, when Jenks football coach Allen Trimble was reinstated in the job he still holds after being caught cheating red-handed by the OSSAA, yet suffering only slaps on the wrist as a result, he sounded a conciliatory tone.
“The events of the past year have been difficult for me, my family and for Jenks, but I’ve learned a great deal from this experience, which I believe will make me a better person, a better teacher and a better coach,” Trimble said, reading from a prepared statement on June 1, 2010.
Nonetheless, that kind of humility wasn’t on display so much with 3 minutes remaining in the first half at Miller Stadium, at which time Trimble, though his team led by 25 points, was crying for phantom calls moments after Westmoore had recovered an onside kick and was threatening, in vain as it turned out, to cut its deficit inside three touchdowns.
Really, there’s still very little to like about Jenks, even after the Trojans took care of the Jaguars 46-14 Friday night.
It was just more of the same.
More of the same all of us have seen since 1996 when the Trojans won the first of six straight state titles and the first of 17 straight Class 6A crowns between themselves and Union, a streak that will become 18 Thursday night when the two programs meet at Boone Pickens Stadium two days before the Sooners and Cowboys do the same.
In fairness, it’s still worth pointing out Jenks is not that much bigger than the West-side schools that can only nip at its heels.
The most recent OSSAA average daily membership figures estimate 3,123.6 students walking Jenks’ halls each day, almost 600 more than Edmond North, the West-side’s largest school, yet still more than 1,200 short of Union and more than 1,500 short of Broken Arrow.