Featured as one of the Friday highlighted games in USA TODAY’s High School sports section, this game came with all the anticipation and drama you could ask for and wasn’t decided until the game clock showed 48 seconds remaining. Great teams, active fan base and a very engaged media, all added up to another memorable match up in the 2009 Backyard Bowl.
Tyler is a senior tight end for the Jenks Trojans and carries a 3.98 G.P.A. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. Tyler is a 3-year letterman in football and a 2-year letterman in basketball and track. He is the son of Jeff and Laurie Applekamp.
Bob is a senior linebacker for the Union Redskins and carries a 3.89 G.P.A. He is a member of FCA, Drug Free Youth, and Red Cross. Bob plans on attending the University of Oklahoma to study orthodontics. His parents are Bill and Tammy Lind.
Led by junior running back, Zach Langer, who rushed for 132 yards on 32 carries, with two second-half touchdowns that sealed the victory for the Trojans, Jenks upset the top ranked Redskins 27-25 in the classic's return to Tulsa University's Skelley Stadium. The final result was by no means a given on either side of the ball. As these games always do, this one was settled in the final seconds after a night of hard fought, great play football from both teams.
Union took an early lead on a touchback in the early minutes of the game, but Jenks stormed back with a one-yard touchdown run by Sawyer Kollmorgen's to take a 7-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. Jenks' Rivalry Series/Air Force Student Athlete award winner Tyler Ott would put the Trojans back on top with a touchdown pass to open the second quarter.
Union would eventually take a 16-15 lead into the half-time locker room following an electrifying 52 yard punt return for a touchdown by senior Thomas Roberson to start off the second quarter and another touchdown to close out the half, a 9 yard pass play from quarterback Chase Boyce.
Jenks however would not be denied. After the half, Jenks' Langer added his first touchdown with a 23 yard touchdown run in the third quarter and sealed the victory with his 32-yard run for a touchdown to open the final stanza. Union would make a charge and have a couple of opportunities to make a decisive move, only to have their final drive of the game stopped by a Jenks interception with less than two minutes left in the game
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