The SaberCats and Jaguars come into the contest undefeated after winning their season openers. Southmoore rolled over Carl Albert while Westmoore pounded Moore.
While the players get into the emotions of the contest, the coaches knows it comes down to making plays and not making mistakes.
“We just have to get better,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “This is a big week to just go out and get better. I think it’s like any rivalry game where it’s a pretty close game. A couple of plays here and there will decide it. Hopefully this year we can make those plays. Southmoore, give them credit. They made those plays to win it last year. Year before that, we made the plays and they didn’t.”
With Southmoore’s Pierce Speed and Jaelon Walker each topping the 100 yard mark last week, the Jags know they have to slow down the Cats’ run game if they are going to pull out a victory.
With Westmoore showing it has a more balanced attack, Southmoore’s defense has to be solid on all fronts.
“They have big receivers, so we just have to lock them down,” Southmoore’s Dakota Troglin said. “And if our defense plays our game, we will be good. Our defensive line, we just have to play our game, maintain gap responsibility and do what we are coached up to do.”
In the five previous games, Southmoore has outscored Westmoore 160-108. Along with the four defeats, the Jaguars would seem to have more incentive heading into the contest. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to get them past the Cats.
“I would say when they built the school, we had Westmoore kids go over there,” Channel said. “It just built up. We have a lot of rivalry, a lot of blood between us. If we win, it’s going to feel great. Everything we worked for this summer, it’s going to all come back. It’s going to help us keep going through the season. I’m going to love it.”
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