When the calendar reaches the end of August it can mean only one thing in Oklahoma: Football season is here. “This is Oklahoma. This is what everybody is waiting for” declared Head Coach Dave Martin of Jones High School. His Longhorns will take on the Saints of Oklahoma Christian School Friday night at 7:00 at Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium.
After numerous practices and scrimmages, the team will be ready to play a full four quarters against a quality opponent. OCS has been a familiar non-district foe over the last few years. The Horns and Saints even matched up in the 2016 playoffs (a game the Longhorns won 54-0). Coach Martin had high praise for the OCS program, saying they will “always be a playoff team, tradition rich, very solid program, especially in this decade.” OCS is expected to finish towards the top of a deep district 2A-1. The Saints biggest weapon is senior running back Jaxon Canard. Blocking for Canard is 6-foot-4 offensive lineman Jacob Chesley. The Longhorns were victorious over the Saints 27-10 the last time the two teams clashed during the 2018 season opener at OCS.
The Longhorns were a high-scoring team last year, averaging 41 points per game during the 2018 season. Sophomore Quarterback Carson May and receiver Ty Tucker hope to produce similar results in 2019. Coach Martin noted the excitement of the community for the home opener, but also emphasized the excitement of the team. “Those kids want to go out and represent the Town of Jones to the utmost each time they play…it’s always great to open the season at home.”
The team will get their chance on Friday.