EDMOND — Moore’s Cinderella run is over.
A week after the Lions’ powerful rushing attack shocked Edmond Santa Fe in the 6A-1 quarterfinals, east-side giant Jenks imposed its will on Moore with a 48-20 win at Edmond North High School Friday night.
Will Cox ran for 111 yards on 16 carries, Justin Murphy caught six passes for 197 yards and a score and quarterback Stephen Kittleman passed for 253 yards as the Trojans totaled 470 yards in their wire-to wire win.
“Jenks is really, really physical and I thought they handled us up front,” Moore head coach Brad Hill said.
A week after Moore dialed up big runs whenever it needed against Santa Fe, the Lions were stifled by Jenks. The Lions finished with just 90 yards on the ground.
The Trojans stout defense combined with playing from behind from the start were the biggest factors in the game getting away from the Lions, Hill said.
Moore superstar quarterback and linebacker Deuce Hishaw Jr. was held to eight yards rushing on eight carries in the first half and finished the game with 45 yards and one touchdown rushing. He completed 12of-23 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in the final game of his illustrious high school career.
“He’s one of the best players in the state,” Hill said of the Kansas commit. “He helped turn around the program at Moore. He’s a special player and a special person that means so much to this school and community.”
The Lions started slow on both sides of the ball Friday and Jenks took advantage with a pair of early touchdowns.
After Kittleman used a sneak for a 1-yard touchdown run on the Trojans’ opening drive, he hit a wide-open Murphy for a 49-yard touchdown pass after the Lions’ second straight three-& -out to open the game.
Moore answered on its ensuing drive when Hishaw hit Jamis Releford for a 23-yard touchdown pass on 4th-& -12. Releford and Hishaw connected four times for 123 yards yards on the night, but that was most of the Lions’ offensive production.
Jenks scored 21 of the next 28 points to lead by 21 at halftime.
Jenks put any hope of a Moore comeback away with its first drive of the second half. The Trojans drove 55 yards in three plays as Kittleman plunged in from a yard out to extend the lead to 28 points only 58 seconds into the second half.
Jenks (8-4), a 16-time state champion, had won six of seven entering the game and seems to have hit its stride at the right time. The Trojans will play Broken Arrow or Owasso in the 6A-1 championship game Dec.7.
Moore, which earned its first postseason win since a 2002 victory over Owasso, finishes the season at 6-6.
“This was a great season for our school and our community,” Hill said. “Our kids fought hard till the end. This team laid a great foundation and the kids coming back will build off this.”