By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
Westmoore heard the words loud and clear. After Jenks shut out (24-0) the Jaguars in their Oct. 18 matchup at Moore Stadium, Trojans’ safety Steven Parker had a few parting words for the losing team.
“We just wanted to send the message we are No. 1 for a reason,” Parker said after the game. “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.”
Westmoore, which had been undefeated before the loss, has not forgotten Parker’s words or the memory of seeing its offense manhandled by the Trojans.
Going into the contest, one advantage Westmoore thought it would have was with its wide receiver corps. Led by Dahu Green, Deshawn Lookout and Jake Dyer, they dubbed themselves the Flight Crew.
But against Jenks, they were grounded the entire game. When the two teams face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Stadium in Yukon, the Jaguars know they will have to make a bigger impact if they want to walk away with a semifinal victory.
“Overall, we were out-physicalled on the o-line,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “I even think at wideout at times we were overwhelmed a little bit by their physicality. I think going into this we will know how we’re going to have to play. We know we will have to get down and do some dirty work and really match their physicalness.”
The fact Westmoore receivers allowed the Trojans’ secondary to out-physical them was a shock to the team. Against every other team on their schedule, the Flight Crew had used their size to overmatch opponents. With Green standing 6-3 and Lookout 6-1, they imposed their will upon cornerbacks and safeties.
Jenks didn’t allow that to happen.
“We knew they were a big powerhouse and it would be a good game,” Lookout said. “We just kind of went in a little bit scared. This time we’re ready for them.”
On the season, Green, Lookout and Dyer have combined for 101 receptions and 15 touchdowns. They will be looking to exploit a defense that has 14 interceptions and 37 sacks.
“They are a good defense,” Lookout said. “They are not the best, but they are pretty good. All we have to do is do what we do and we’ll beat them. This game is real big. All the coaches want it. All the players want it. We are excited to be here. But this is not as far as we want to get. We want to get as far as we can.”
For that to happen, Green said the they have to make plays in crucial moments against the Trojans.
“We have to make big plays on third down and fourth down,” Green said. “There can’t be any dropped balls. We have to catch the ball and get upfield.”
One of the reasons Westmoore is expecting to see a better output from the Flight Crew is due to the weather. The first matchup featured rain, cold temperatures and high winds. It will still be cold tonight, but the rest of the elements are expected to be fine.
“To win the game we’re going to need to put points on the board and move the ball,” Dyer said. “I believe with the weather conditions, we are going to do just that. Time for the Flight Crew to take off.”