MOORE — Bryson Lee fought hard. The 6-0, 195 pound junior wanted to be the starting quarterback for Westmoore and battled the entire offseason and summer to earn it.
Even after Lee held off senior Devon Navarro and was named the starter a week before the season began, some were still skeptical about how well he would perform. But heading into the final week of the regular season, Lee has proven he was the right man for the job.
“He’s developed real good,” tailback Kieron Hardrick said. “I wasn’t expecting this to be honest with you because he hasn’t play quarterback in a long time. But he’s doing really good. He’s actually stepped up for the team playing quarterback for the first time in two or three years. I give it to him. He’s doing really good this year.”
Last year, Lee was a starting linebacker for Westmoore, pounding anyone in a different uniform that came into his territory. But after quarterback Jhames West graduated, coach Billy Langford decided to move back to the position he began his high school career at.
“He played as freshman,” cornerback Kiante Channel said. “He’s an athlete. He can play anything almost.”
Lee had led the Jaguars to a 7-1 record in eight career starts at quarterback. The only game he hasn’t played in was the 26-23 overtime win against Sapulpa, which was due to a concussion.
But Lee came back last week and accounted for four touchdowns against Tulsa Edison. Three of them came through the air.
“I did pretty good,” Lee said. “There were a couple of passes I left out on the field. But overall, I think I did pretty good.”
Lee has done pretty good for the entire season. Whether it was it’s been with his arm, legs or sheer tenacity, he’s transformed himself into the type of quarterback the Jaguars needed.
“I’ve grown a lot as a quarterback,” Lee said. “Had a lot of fun throwing the ball around. Not what I expected it to be. Thought it would be a little more rough. But it turned out all right. Confidence is a big deal. Just in practice getting my reps with my receivers, getting some continuity with them.”
Lee said competing for the starting job has prepared him for the pressure games and moments he’s been through in the season.
“It made me work that much harder,” Lee said. I wanted to start. So I did what I had to do to get the starting job.”
The toughest game so far was the 24-0 loss to No. 1 Jenks at home. Westmoore’s offense was completely shutdown and Lee was ineffective for the only time this year.
Lee and the fifth-ranked Jaguars (8-1, 5-1) will get another chance to show they can compete with the top teams from the East side when they face No. 4 Broken Arrow (7-2, 5-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Moore Stadium.
“It’s real big because last year we went to their house,” Channel said. “This year we get them as a home game and we play good at home. We will be real pumped up. We are all in. This time I feel we are going to stay physical all four quarters and stay in the game whatever happens. This is a big game.”
The winner will earn the No. 2 seed coming out of District 6A-2 and will host a first round playoff game.
“We just have to play lights out,” Lee said. “Execute on all sides of the all. We have to have another good game. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s not going to be one to miss.”
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