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MOORE -- The Moore defense did its job.

The Lions shut down the Westmoore rushing attack Friday at Moore Stadium, forced the punter to put in some overtime and generally made life miserable for the Jaguar attackers.

But when it needed to, the Jaguar offense did its job, too. When given an opportunity, Westmoore turned a Lion turnover into points, then added an insurance touchdown late to claim a 13-0 win Friday at Moore Stadium.

Westmoore improved to 9-2 and will faced top-ranked Tulsa Union next Saturday in the quarterfinals. It's the Jags' fifth straight win over the Lions.

The Lions fell to 5-6. It's their first losing season since 1993.

"This is a pretty exciting win," said Westmoore linebacker John Tecmire. "Now we get to play Union. You have to go through them sometime, it might as well be now."

But the Jaguars had to first get through a tough Moore defense. The Lions held the Jags to 153 total yards, forced nine punts, and allowed just one drive longer than 25 yards.

But a key fumble in the final seconds of the third quarter turned the tide.

Tecmire sacked Moore quarterback Billy Balak at the Lion 15, forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Westmoore defensive tackle Curt Hornback.

Westmoore covered the 15 yards in five plays, scoring on a 3-yard run by quarterback Ryan Fightmaster with 11 seconds left in the period to take a 7-0 lead.

"Moore did a great job of mixing things up," Westmoore coach Mike Whaley said. "We finally put together a little (15-yard) drive and I felt real good about that."

The seven points was all the Jags would need, as the Westmoore defense held Moore to 176 total yards. They intercepted three passes and forced two fumbles.

The Lions were limited to 33 yards in the second half.

"We struggled on offense, but our defensive guys played awesome," Whaley said.

The Lions were held to 27 yards in the fourth quarter. With four minutes left, they reached their own 44 after Balak hit Kyle Francis for 15 yards on a third-and-seven play. But Moore went nowhere on a running play by Diego Balderas and a three straight incompletions by Balak to turn the ball over on downs with 3:23 left.

The Jags then put a cap on the win, marching 44 yards in six plays to go up 13-0 on a 22-yard run by Fightmaster. The point-after failed.

Fightmaster led all rushers with 99 yards on 28 carries. His 22-yard scoring run was the longest of the night for Westmoore and one of only four Jag plays that went more than 10 yards.

"I was confused most of the night," said Whaley of Moore's defense. "I had no idea what they were doing."

"Our defense deserved to win," said Moore coach Bill Bays. "But we just couldn't get anything going on offense."

Westmoore made history with the win. It was the first time Westmoore beat the Lions in a playoff match. It was also the first time the Jaguars beat the Lions twice in one season. Westmoore beat Moore 24-10 in the season opener.

"We talked about all the stuff all week long," Whaley said. "I think our guys were a little puckered up in the first half. Maybe I psyched them up too much. That's my fault. But our guys rallied well and won the game."





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