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November 4, 2013

Changing the narrative

NORMAN — Westmoore has been one of the most impressive teams in the state through nine weeks of the regular season. The Jags (8-1, 5-1) have looked good in every game they’ve played this season and have made a case for being the top team on the west side of the state.

The only possible concern for No. 5 Westmoore is that they lack a truly season-defining win. An early season victory over Norman North was impressive but came over a Timberwolves’ team that was still finding its way. Likewise with a Week 4 win over Bixby.

The one chance the Jaguars did have came a month ago against top-ranked Jenks (9-0, 6-0). The Jaguars lost that game soundly, 24-0, but it was a defeat that came with a caveat. Played in driving rain and windy conditions, the weather did more to benefit the Trojans’ power-running game than it did Westmoore’s spread offense loaded with talented receivers.

But the Jaguars get their chance this week to change that narrative, and in the process earn the right to host a playoff game. Westmoore hosts No. 4 Broken Arrow (6-2, 5-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the contest will earn the second spot in District 6A-2, while the loser will fall to third.

North freshmen to compete in championship: The Norman North varsity isn’t the only team to find success this season. The freshmen squad will host Choctaw at 7 tonight in the X-Bowl championship game, played between the two top freshmen teams in the state.

The T-Wolves, with more than 50 players on the team this season, are undefeated.

“This is the state championship for freshmen,” coach Wade Standley said. “They’re a strong group. We’re excited for them.”

Kuestersteffen earns honor: Norman North’s Bri Kuestersteffen was named the recipient of the Wendy’s High School Heisman award on Monday.

Kuestersteffen, who helped lead the Timberwolves’ basketball team to the state tournament a year ago, was the state’s female winner. She joined Kingfisher’s Landon Nault, who won the boys’ award.

The award is given out to students who are recognized for their “hard work, dedication in athletics, academics and community leadership.” All state winners now advance to compete for the national award.

Corbin Hosler

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