While the Jags have kept their games with the trio of Jenks, Union and Broken Arrow from getting too far out of hand, the still haven’t approached getting over the hump.
Yet, this year’s Westmoore squad has something different, according to Langford. While the Jags may not carry quite as much talent as in recent years, they have bonded.
“These guys as a senior group, specifically, (they) are really tight,” Langford said. “They all get along. I never had any issues in the past with any senior group, but this group there is something different as far as the closeness and the camaraderie they have.
“That carries over into how they play for each other. The things they are willing to do to help the team win. They are very unselfish.”
What has also helped Westmoore get to this point are the past failures it has endured. Two straight seasons of being ousted in the first round of the playoffs has done nothing but stoked the fire of the senior leaders.
“This group were freshmen when we beat Midwest City in the first round and kind of upset them,” Langford said. “As sophomores and juniors they’ve experienced first round losses to Midwest City and Union last year, so they’ve been through losing that first round and seeing those seniors and how disappointed they are, the emotions they feel walking off the field.
“We talked about it in the offseason and summer, we don’t want to go out in the first round anymore. We’re a better program than that.”
Yet, Langford knows until the Jaguars are able to beat Jenks or Union, it doesn’t matter. He didn’t come to Westmoore just to be competitive.
“I think you still have to beat them,” he said. “You can talk about it all you want and say we’re as good as anybody. Until you actually go prove it on the field and beat one of those guys at some point, it’s just talk.