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September 6, 2013

History isn’t being ignored by Lions or Jaguars

NORMAN — Coach Todd Watters wants his team to have a short memory. When his Moore Lions take the field at 7 p.m. today against rival Westmoore, he can’t have his players thinking about recent history between the two schools.

“We want them to have a short memory when it comes to years past,” Watters said. “I think our kids are so ready for change and worked their tails off to create change. So I think they are going to will it to happen. Hopefully it will start here with game one. I don’t think they are going to allow it to be like years past.”

However, the fact the Jaguars have won 12 straight Moore Wars is not something Moore will easily erase from their minds. If Westmoore coach Billy Langford has his way, it will be 13 after tonight.

“The streak is definitely something we talk about,” Langford said. “That’s a big part of our tradition. We don’t try and dance around it. We acknowledge we’ve won 12 in a row and we’re plan on winning 13.”

“Everybody has to do their part. Nobody wants to be part of the team that breaks the streak. So that’s a big issue.”

If Westmoore is to extend the streak, it will have to do it with a quarterback getting his first start under center. Bryson Lee moved over from the Jaguars’ defensive backfield to earn the QB duties this year.

“He’s a good athlete and has Friday night game experience,” Langford said, “just not at the quarterback spot, which is a different animal. But he has been out their playing defense. I am sure he’s going to be a little nervous, pumped up and excited all at the same time. But he’s a pretty calm guy. He doesn’t get too fired up one way or the other. He actually seems to do better when it’s live than he does in practice.”

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