The Norman Transcript

November 18, 2012

Jags know all about east side

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Westmoore coach Billy Langford might find himself more popular than normal this week from coaches around the state. As teams begin preparation for the Class 6A semifinals, his Jaguars are not only the lone team to have played Norman North, Jenks and Tulsa Union this year, but the only one to have beaten the Timberwolves.

“All those east-side teams, it’s mostly hype,” Westmoore’s Josh Morgan said. “When you actually get there, they put their pants on just like anybody else. When you go out there and play your heart out, you have just as much of an equal chance of winning as they do.”

In the third game of the season, Westmoore knocked off Norman North 29-16. The following month it traveled to Jenks where it lost 38-14. In the first round of the postseason, the Jaguars fell to the Redskins 17-14. Throw in a tight loss to Broken Arrow to end the regular season, and it becomes apparent that the Jaguars had one of the toughest schedules in the state.

“Our kids have went and played really hard,” Langford said. “They weren’t intimidated at all going into Broken Arrow, Jenks and Union, all on the road. Just went and played like normal.”

Langford said that the streak the East has isn’t because they have schools that are more talented. It’s pure math.

“I think mainly to me it’s a numbers game,” Langford said. “Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow, talking bout the four best teams in the state, when you look at the numbers, it kinds of proves itself. If someone gets hurt, they can put in someone who is almost as good as the guy who was starting. Whereas over hear, with our numbers, we lose somebody like a Josh Morgan, we drop off considerably. They don’t have to worry about playing anybody on both sides of the ball. To me, those are the biggest differences.”

When it was announced last year that Westmoore would be in the district with Jenks and Broken Arrow on the east side, Langford looked at it as an opportunity.

“I don’t think our groups are going to be intimidated by them,” Langford said. “That’s a big part of it. Usually when Jenks and Union and Broken Arrow walk off the bus, they have a 7- to 10-point lead on you just because of the intimidation factor. I don’t think that is going to happen with our guys — hopefully, never.”

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