The Moore American

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November 27, 2013

Game will be won or lost in trenches, again

MOORE — Games are won in the trenches. It’s one of the oldest cliché’s associated with the game of football and also one of the truest.

Westmoore coach Billy Langford is one of those who believes in building teams around his men on the offensive and defensive line.

“It’s important to have an offensive line that can get the job done,” Langford said. “There’s a reason why Jenks, Lawton, those people are so good year in and year out. They turn out some pretty good offensive lineman every year. Games are won and lost with those guys.”

Coming into this year, Westmoore believed it had the type of front line to rival the best in the state. But as his team advances to the quarterfinals of the 6A state playoffs, Langford is having to treat his offensive line like MASH unit.

In 12 games this season, the Jags have used at least four different starting lineups just within its offensive line.

“That’ been a battle and a struggle with those guys as far as consistency and continuity,” Langford said. “We felt like we were just getting some continuity with the guys we have. I think that was the third or fourth game to start together in the same spots.”

Westmoore (10-2) should have the same lineup it used to bruise up Lawton High in the quarterfinals last week. But going into the game, Right tackle Rhett Hall injured his foot last week against Sand Springs and the coaches didn’t know if he would be able to go.

The Jags have already lost two starters for the season.

“Injuries have been a major factor,” Westmoore’s Noah Hammons said. “We’ve had to change up lines four or five times now. We haven’t really settled it. We were hoping to get settled in last week.”

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