Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.
1. No more talk of potential for 2014 defensive back Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks). Parker was a virtual unknown before earning an Oklahoma offer in May. With the way he’s playing now, he is showing why he is among the best prospects in the state. Parker has taken the transition from cornerback to safety in stride, and he was a force in Jenks’ 24-7 win at Broken Arrow, Okla. He had nine tackles, two pass breakups and helped cause a fumble. He said he feels more confident this season, and it’s showing with how comfortable he is at making the calls on defense. It’s tough to say Oklahoma State and Alabama are only his other two offers, but with his ability, three offers definitely doesn’t seem like enough at this point.
2. Another 2014 name to be on the watch for is athlete Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North). Farmer was impressive in spot duty in a 41-33 comeback victory against Yukon, Okla. He rushed for 57 yards on nine carries and had two touchdowns. What impressed most was the bulk of those 57 yards came in the fourth quarter when Edmond North needed it most. Edmond North entered the fourth quarter trailing 33-24 before rallying for the win. Farmer was offered by Arizona State on Sunday but is a big OU fan and said he is going to attend every home game this season. Saturday, obviously, is not a home game, but he said he will be in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry game. You can debate whether or not he is a running back or linebacker at the next level; what you cannot debate is his ability to make plays.
3. He says he’s still not 100 percent comfortable, but it’s tough to argue with the results right now for 2013 OU wide receiver commit Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks). Smallwood had three catches for 25 yards and had a 22-yard touchdown run in the victory. It was the first rushing touchdown of his career. If there comes a time when Jenks needs a big play in the passing game, it will be OK because Smallwood is one of the most dependable receivers to come through the state in recent years. A totally unselfish player, he takes a lot of pride in his blocking ability, and he had a couple of pancake blocks on the edge.
4. People came to see 2014 running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) but left wondering who is that 2013 running back for Jenks? It was a banner night for Trey’Vonne Barr’e, who rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown. Barr’e is a nice blend of speed, power and footwork. Academic concerns are the only thing holding him back. As for Thomas, the OU offer was treated rudely in his first start of the season. He finished with 14 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown as the Jenks defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage all night.
5. Jenks is the best team in Oklahoma. Jenks might have scuffled in its first two games of the season, but the Trojans are rolling right now. Their current four-game win streak was punctuated with a dominating 24-7 win at Broken Arrow. The pieces are coming together right now with everybody getting healthy, and the defense was simply sensational against a quality Broken Arrow bunch. Friday was a measure of revenge, too, as Broken Arrow beat Jenks to win the district. Jenks is in the driver’s seat for the district title following its impressive beatdown.