“There were a lot of big playoff games between Jenks and Union,” said Riggs. “At the end of the day, if you play the last game, it doesn’t matter who you play against, you are thankful that you can play for a championship.
“But I think it’s kinda fun being Jenks-Union again. It’s been a while.
Seven of the last 10 Jenks-Union Finals were played at HA Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, and the other three were in Oklahoma State. This will be their first meeting at UCO, which is in the second year of a three-year contract with OSSAA to host all 11-player finals.
“I would play in the parking lot if I knew we were going to be there,” said Fridrich.
Riggs added, “If you’re into the game, you don’t mind where you play.”
Jenks defensive lineman AJ Brown remembers watching the Jenks-Union final.
“It was a crazy atmosphere,” said Brown. “It takes (the rivalry) to another level.”
Union quarterback Rovaughn Banks was a fan of some of his school’s previous league games, but hasn’t attended any 6AI finals in recent years.
“I didn’t want to go there before playing it,” Banks said. “It means more because it’s against Jenks – and they beat us in the regular season; that was a wake-up call to us, so it’s time for us to get them back.