Backyard Bowl

Good morning!

Last night was the infamous Backyard Bowl where rival high schools #1 Jenks and #2 Union meet to play some football.  It’s held on the neutral playing field of TU Chapman Stadium.


You can’t get any better Friday night entertainment than that.

Jenks and Union are known as the best of the best in Oklahoma.  The cream of the crop. The largest classification,  6A, football at its finest.

The Jenks Union rivalry has even gone so far as to be captured in a  NFL Films documentary.

And the irony is, it’s not just a once a year rivalry game like most, these two teams usually meet during the season and then reunite for state playoffs. Or at least for the past twenty years that’s how it’s played out. They have been known to draw in record numbers of over 40,000 fans. And you wonder why they use a college stadium for neutral grounds? 🙂

This year brought a 45-27 victory to Jenks.

This was my first year to cheer for the Trojans. As you well know, I have three daughters. All who went to Union. I have daughters who have cheered and danced and kicked soccer balls on that very turf. On the Union side. This year I’m a traitor. No longer a Redskin, I’m officially a Trojan. The girls are grown, and I now am employed by Jenks Public Schools. And am proud to be a Trojan. 🙂

And speaking of rivals, Tulsa Memorial beat Tulsa Edison last night as well! Go Chargers! 🙂

Friday, September 11th. It was a night of some of the best high school football there is.  We saw boys fight with all their might. But it was bittersweet.

The real heroes of September 11th, are not the Trojans or the Redskins or the Chargers or the Eagles, but the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001. Those that lost their lives at the hands of America’s worst act of terrorism seen on their soil. Those that innocently died. Those that died trying to save and protect. Those are the real victors. For they have pressed on to win the prize of the heavenly call of God. They will never be forgotten. It is in their honor that we live.

Let’s all take a moment to honor America’s heroes of 9/11. And thank God for the heartwarming stories we’ve all heard of the unity it brought to our nation. And let’s all join together as one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14

Love and laughter,



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