STILLWATER — Even Popeye needed spinach to defeat Brutus. The times Dylan sang about didn’t go a’changin very quickly.
So it is with the east-side behemoths who still rule Class 6A high school football.
So ends the ballad of this bunch of Timberwolves, a group after your own heart that brought a school together, and maybe even both sides of the Crosstown Clash, for one wild and wonderful ride.
That part of it, one hopes, won’t go away, at least until they’re on opposite sides again. And even then, perhaps, each side will have more support than ever, a carry-over from the T-Wolves’ historic journey.
Despite Jenks’ 55-20 victory Friday night at Boone Pickens Stadium, Norman North has still been the feel-good story of the playoffs.
The T-Wolves, though they lose a bunch of seniors, may even be the future, too, because what coach Wade Standley has built in two quick seasons may need some retooling next year, but it’s not going away.
Nonetheless, the future is not now. Past is still present. The time has certainly come for Jenks and Union to surrender control of the state’s largest class, but it may still be a long time coming.
Midwest City won the Class 6A crown in 1994 and again in 1995. Then came Jenks, six times in a row, and boy was it a great day when Union finally broke the hex. But all Union did was join Jenks at the top. Ever since, it’s been the Trojans and the Redskins, like taxes and death. If they make a mini-series about the last 17 years of top-level high school football in Oklahoma, they could call it How The West Was Done.
But after four straight Union titles and Jenks’ own 2009 scandal, one that included head coach Allan Trimble suspending himself, the Trojans probably feel like a comeback story, like they’re the little maroon engine that could.