MOORE — It was one of those nights for Westmoore. One in which it couldn’t rely on the excitement of a rivalry or the enthusiasm of its own crowd to get them hyped. When it faced Bixby Friday at Moore Stadium, it was an uninspiring type of night, and coach Billy Langford knew it was coming.
Despite that, the Jaguars did what good teams do on those occasions. They went to work and pulled out a 35-6 victory over the Spartans in the first district game of the season.
“I thought it was just solid,” Langford said. “I didn’t think it was great. I thought it was just a solid, pretty workmanlike night. I would rather we not have to win like that. But I also know that after the non-district that they had, the mental fatigue was there. So it was good character for them to be able to grind one out like it was.”
It was the offensive line that paved the way for the Jaguars’ (3-1) victory. Zach Clark, Jacob Finn, Noah Hammons, Nick Hardaway and Ty Watkins started the game slow but as the night wore on, their punishing style took its toll on Bixby.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” Finn said. “Kind of sluggish. But once in the second half we started breaking them for long runs. We got it going towards the very end and started wearing them down. If we can get four quarters of where we are wearing people down, we can be really good.”
Yet, it was Westmoore that struck first. On the game’s first possession, quarterback Jhames West scored on a 10-yard run less than three minutes into the game. But the Jaguars didn’t see the end zone again the rest of the period.