The Moore American


November 27, 2013

Game will be won or lost in trenches, again



Hammond is joined in the starting lineup by Hall, Ty Watkins, Cory Rosser, and John DelMoval.

If Hall is unable to go, Watkins will move over right tackle and a reserve will plug into the left guard spot.

“We are fortunate to have Ty,” Langford said. “He can play tackle and guard and smart enough to pick it all up. It’s not a big issue. That’s been good to have a senior guy that can move and do some different things. Makes it easier on those young guys to not have to learn two different positions.”

But the constant moving players around and inserting new starters can have an effect on the continuity offensive linemen crave.

“Continuity is very important,” Watkins said. “The communication part of it. We have to be able to trust each other. It’s nice knowing that I can trust the guy next to me.”

Despite the injury bug that has bitten the Jags, the linemen know how important they will be against the Trojans, who decimated them in their earlier matchup.

The only teams who may have had defensive front as formidable as Lawton are Jenks and Broken Arrow. Westmoore was unable to control either defensive unit and lost both games.

“We had a good offensive line last year that those guys played together for two or three years,” Langford said. “Never missed a game. This year, we’ve realize how special it was to have a line like we had last year. Also, how fortunate we were in the past to keep al all those guys healthy. We feel like we are paying for it this year.

Yet, the Jags are confident they can handle their business the rest of the postseason.

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