MOORE — It’s been a long time since a team from the west side of Oklahoma has been able to knock off powerhouse Jenks. The likes of Southmoore, Lawton, Midwest City and Edmond Santa Fe have all had their shots over the past decade and left the encounters empty handed.
That list includes Westmoore, who traveled to Tulsa last year with designs on beating the future 2012 6A state champions. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they came away with a stinging 38-14 loss.
At 7 p.m. today the Jaguars play host to the top-ranked Trojans at Moore Stadium. It’s a chance to not only get payback, but also send a message that the gap between the East and West side teams has closed.
“It’s a big opportunity for our team to make a statement in the whole state,” Westmoore quarterback Bryson Lee said. “Jenks is a great team, and we’re ready to show how good we are.”
No. 1 Jenks and No. 5 Westmoore enter the contest with 6-0 records and tied for first in District 6A-2.
“I hope it’s real exciting,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “We’re expecting to go in there and go compete with those guys. Give them all we got. Should be fun. Going to be intense. Been a while since we played Jenks on this side of the state. I told them this is why you play, to play in special games like this, fun games like this.”
The stats say the teams have performed nearly identically. Jenks has scored 220 points while allowing only 95. The Jags have been just as solid by posting 214 points while giving up 100.
However, it’s Westmoore who comes into the game having to prove something.
“I think our kids will be ready to go,” Langford said. “I don’t think we’re going to be intimidated by Jenks coming to town. We went up there last year and gave them all they wanted.”
What could make Westmoore and Jenks a must-see for fans is the individual matchups all over the field. The Trojans’ Steven Parker is considered the top defensive back in the state and one of the top overall players. He has already put the clamps on players like Union’s Jeffery Mead, who is committed to Oklahoma.
Parker more than likely will be locked up with the Jaguars’ Dahu Green, who has had his way with man coverage the entire season. On the other side, the Jags’ Deshawn Lookout could see Oklahoma State commit Dylan Harding lined up in front of him.
“Our receivers match up well, better than most teams,” Lee said. “I feel like we can make some differences over there. It makes my job a whole lot easier to be able to throw it to them and let them do the rest. I’ve got a ton of great athletes around me, and we’ll be tested this week.”
Defensively, Westmoore will have to slow down quarterback Cooper Nunley, who has thrown for 937 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Cameron Booty leads the team in rushing with 466 yards while Harding and Parker are the Trojans’ top pass catchers.
“Our defense is one of the top defenses,” Westmoore linebacker Matt Day said. “Our front seven is so fast. We may not be the biggest, but we sure put our nose to the ball and get there whenever needed.”
Westmoore also returns Lexus Lee to the lineup this week after breaking a bone in his foot the first week of the season. He is expected to see some action at safety and wideout.
The last time Jenks fell to a team located in the West was 2002 when Westmoore beat them 14-7 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Since then, the Trojans have owned the series. The Jaguars will work to change that tonight.
“It’s just a name,” Day said of Jenks. “I think our team will come out, just like we always have. I think it will be great. Turn out like we want it to. It’s in our home stadium so we have all our home fans supporting us, cheering us on. We’re going to show everyone who we are.”
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