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Oklahoma high school football: Community Christian's midseason addition is 'making a difference' while learning the game

Bai Jobe poses for a photo after a Community Christian football practice on Tuesday. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Bai Jobe poses for a photo after a Community Christian football practice on Tuesday. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

NORMAN — Bai Jobe hasn’t had the same amount of football lessons as many of the players he competes with.

So, he keeps one tip from his coaches in mind.

See ball, go get ball.

That’s what he did on Friday night.

At the start of the snap, the freshman defensive end fired off the defensive line of scrimmage. After a Community Christian defender tackled the Bethel quarterback, Jobe watched the football fly into the air.

“Bai was probably about 6 feet away and he just quickly reacted,” Community Christian coach Mat McIntosh said.

Jobe caught the ball and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.

Just two drives later, Jobe found himself making another defensive play. On a low snap by Bethel that caused a fumble, Jobe scooped the ball before the quarterback could get to it. He then took it 24-yards for his second score.

Six weeks ago was the first time Jobe played football. But it didn’t look like it on Friday night at Community Christian's football field, where the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jobe put together his breakout game. He recorded nine tackles, three for loss, to go along with his fumble and interception scores in the Royals' 27-7 win over Bethel.

For his performance, The Oklahoman’s staff has named Jobe its Player of the Week.

“He was very much a difference-maker,” McIntosh said. “We felt like in the first half that we had played well, we just hadn’t put up any points. And on the defensive end, he really helped us out.”

McIntosh knew Bai Jobe was an excellent athlete before the season started.

He had seen him become a standout player for the eighth-grade Community Christian basketball team.

“We said from then if we could ever get him on the football field what a difference-maker he could be, just because of his athleticism,” McIntosh said.

With his size and speed, Jobe had the full package of an impact player besides one glaring issue.

He had never played football before.

“This summer he came out and did some throwing with our guys,” McIntosh said.

But because he didn’t know much about football, Jobe didn’t make the decision to step onto the gridiron just yet.

His mind would change after some lobbying from a few of the football players.

In Week 4 of the football season, McIntosh finally received the call.

“His family called and asked if it was too late [to join] and we quickly told them, ‘It was not too late!’” McIntosh said chuckling.

The thought process for the Community Christian coaching staff was to have Jobe come out and practice with the team just to learn the game this season. But Jobe has exceeded the expectations set for him. His dominant performance on Friday for the Royals (8-1) is the perfect indication.

“He’s just picking it all up,” McIntosh said. “We just had a pretty good midseason addition to an already good squad that we think is going to really make a difference for us.”

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›