The Moore American

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October 23, 2013

Message sent and received

MOORE — Westmoore came into its matchup with Jenks looking to send a message. As one of only two undefeated teams on the west side of the state, they wanted to prove something to the Trojans and the rest of Class 6A.

Well, a message was sent, but not by the Jaguars, as the Trojans roughed them up 24-0 Friday at Moore Stadium.

“We just wanted to send the message we are No. 1 for a reason,” Trojans safety Steven Parker said. “We wanted to go ahead and show them why we are No. 1. Why they didn’t want to play us and have the ‘Beat Jenks’ carnival and all that kind of stuff.”

It wasn’t that the fifth-ranked Jaguars (6-1, 3-1) lost. It was in the manner in which they fell. With the rain coming down early, along with the frigid temperatures, No. 1 Jenks (7-0, 4-0) turned the contest into a dogfight. That is the type of game Westmoore has prided itself on relishing in the past. That was not the case against the Trojans.

By the end of the night, the Jaguars’ sideline looked like the walking wounded and felt even worse about their performance.

“We have to learn to stay in the game, mentally and physically,” Westmoore’s Kiante Channel said. “Just because they’ve beaten you up, doesn’t mean anything. We have to play all four quarters. We didn’t do that this game.”

The Jaguars had a shot to get on the board first. After its defense forced Jenks to punt on its first possession, the ball flew over the punter’s head and was recovered at the 20.

Westmoore was unable to move the ball the first three downs. On fourth down, Bryson Lee hit Dahu Green in stride at the 1-yard line, but Green was unable to hold onto the sure touchdown and the ball went back to Jenks.

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