By Zach West
Although Westmoore’s 38-13 loss to Norman North Friday night was the school’s biggest defeat since 2002 and first loss to the Timberwolves in 10 games, don’t count on head coach Mike Whaley to shake anything up on his team.
“We’re not going to make any wholesale changes,” Whaley said during Tuesday’s practice. “We’re getting there. The improvement’s been steady. We just need to make sure we improve from here to game four.”
After all, the Jaguars are still 2-1. And to Whaley and most coaches in the state, the first three games are nothing more than glorified scrimmages.
“Would you have liked to have won the first three? Always. But it really doesn’t matter, it’s a whole new season. Everybody starts 0-0 again.” Whaley said.
That being said, any leniency Whaley might have given his players after the first three games is sure to disappear come Friday against Choctaw, where the Jaguars will start their difficult 6A-2 slate.
“This is the week to show that you’ve improved,” Whaley said.
Whaley cited quarterback Tracey Norwood and recently returned defensive end Joey Fowler as two players who have plenty of room for improvement.
To read about Fowler’s situation, go here.
As for Norwood, the first-time quarterback has had an up-and-down season thus far for the Jaguars. The Westmoore offense was shut down against Norman North, and Norwood had a miserable night passing, completing only three out of 20 throws for 41 yards. He did, however, rush for a 43-yard touchdown in the game. He also was in on both of the Jaguars’ touchdowns in a 14-7 close call against Del City, although the 0-3 Eagles held Westmoore to just 203 yards of total offense. Of course, for a guy who started at free-safety the last two years – not at quarterback – rust is expected … for a while.
“He’s becoming more confident,” Whaley said. “He’s not anywhere close to where he needs to be, and he knows that and I know that, but he’s getting there.”