Union High School faced off against cross-town rival Jenks High School Friday in the ninth consecutive MidFirst Backyard Bowl ending in a Union victory.
Playing at The University of Tulsa’s Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Union defeated Jenks with a final score of 24-13.
The bowl became big nights for senior quarterback Mason Farquhar and sophomore cornerback Tre Brown. Farquhar ended 13-24 for 157 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as 16 carries for 117 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Brown led the Redskins on the defensive end with two first-half interceptions that led to 14 points.
Jenks hit first with a touchdown on its first drive. A touchdown pass from Cooper Nunley to Dillon Stoner gave the Trojans the early 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive Union quarterback Mason Farquhar answered back with a 45-yard touchdown run on a read option that tied the game at seven, and gave the Redskins a spark on both sides of the ball.
Sophomore Tre Brown looked far more like a senior rather than a player making his Backyard Bowl debut. Brown’s two interceptions lifted the Redskins to a 21-10 lead at the half.
“I had to contribute because my team needed me,” Brown said. “I had to step up. I had to pay attention. I had to keep working, and it paid off.”
“His (Tre’s) make-up ability, athletically is really good, and we knew that if we were put in a bind he’d be able to make a few plays on the ball,” Head Coach Kirk Fridrich said.
The Union Redskins dominated the trenches in the second half. They were able to keep momentum on their side and put the game away in a second half that only saw six total points scored between the two teams.
Coming off a close loss last week to South Lake Carroll, Coach Fridrich was pleased with his team’s performance tonight, and looks ahead to next Friday night against a tough Broken Arrow Tigers team.
“Play after play after play they continued to play with a lot of effort and a lot of toughness,” Fridrich said. “We know we’re going to be tested and we look forward to seeing how our kids improve and we’ll put it out on the field again next Friday night.”