NORMAN — Friday’s game between Norman North and Westmoore turned into the shootout that was expected going into it. The two teams combined for 76 points and more than 1,000 yards.
But as much credit goes to the explosive offenses on both teams, it was partially injuries that contributed to the numbers, and injuries were the prevailing story coming out of the game.
Westmoore entered the game without star wideout Lexus Lee, who hasn’t yet played this season and is expected to miss a few more weeks. On Friday their receiving corps suffered another setback. Dahu Green, the junior who has stepped into the spotlight as Westmoore has jumped to a 3-0 start, began the game as expected. He caught a 90-yard touchdown pass, running to the end zone untouched after a blown coverage by the Timberwolves, but that was the highlight of his night.
Green suffered an elbow injury in the first half of the game and didn’t return, and he wasn’t the only Jaguar to leave the contest.
Senior lineman Matt Whitney went down on a nasty play in the first half, one that had teammates running off the field and motioning for help immediately after he went down. After being sandwiched between two defenders, Whitney dislocated his ankle and broke at least one bone in his foot on the play.
He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital, but was resting at his house Friday night. He is expected to have surgery on Monday, a development that coach Billy Langford regarded as good news.
On the other side of the ball, North didn’t even get to take to the field with its full team. The Timberwolves lost linebackers Trace and Trevor Magee, who were considered game-time decisions before the contest but never saw the field.
It was a tough blow for a young defense that desperately needed all the help it could get. Heading into the first district game of the season next week against Midwest City, coach Wade Standley said the most important thing his team can do is get healthy.
“We’ve got a lot of guys banged up right now,” he said. “We’re getting better, but we need to get healthy.”
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