OKLAHOMACITY — When Billy Langford arrived as new Westmoore coach in 2010, the program was in a shambles. He was the third coach in three years and the team was coming off a 3-7 season under Chad Davis, who left a week after the previous season had concluded.
Langford’s task was to bring the Jaguars back to powerhouse status on the west side of the state, where it had been under the watch of Mike Whaley.
However, Langford wanted more than that. He saw how the likes of Jenks and Tulsa Union had dominated Class 6A football in Oklahoma and he didn’t see any reason why the Jaguars couldn’t be right there with them.
As Westmoore (10-2) prepares to face Jenks (12-0) Friday in the the Class 6A semifinal at Miller Stadium in Yukon, the Jaguars have some history to overcome. In five matchups against Jenks, Union and Broken Arrow, Westmoore is 0-5 under Langford and has been outscored 125-51.
“For one, those guys are really good, year in and year out,” Langford said of the Trojans. “They have more numbers. I believe a lot in the numbers game as far as overall consistency year after year after year. I think there is something to be said for the numbers. The overall numbers game is an issue.”
But it’s more than just the fact Jenks High has more than a thousand addtional students than Westmoore. It’s because they have been through the playoffs wars time and time again and found ways to win.
“They’ve been there so many times and been in those situations and been in semifinal games and final,” Langford said. “Their kids have been raised up and know those expectations. Know how to get there and, once they get there, knowing how to win those games. That’s probably a big difference.”