MOORE — Dahu Green moved to Oklahoma this past spring from Southern California and thus hasn't had a chance to make much of a name for himself among recruiters. That shouldn't take long if the Westmoore junior wide receiver keeps playing like he did Friday night.
Green caught eight passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns to earn most valuable player honors in the Southwest Showdown, leading the Jaguars to a surprisingly easy 31-13 win over Class 6A No. 7-ranked Southmoore at Moore Schools Stadium.
Westmoore (2-0) clinched the Moore city championship for the second time in three years, having also beaten Moore in last week's season opener.
He might be new to the area, but Green quickly figured out the games against Westmoore's two local rivals were especially important.
“There are a lot of fans out here,” said Green, who also caught a touchdown pass in the win over Moore. “I just came out and performed and we won. This is a special rivalry. It is a big thing and it means a lot to me to be a part of it.”
Southmoore (1-1) often used man-to-man coverage on the 6-foot-3 Green, and the Jaguars took advantage, as quarterback Bryson Lee lobbed the ball in Green's direction and allowed Green to outjump shorter defenders.
“It helps to have that kind of guy,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “He's a great jump-ball guy. He's got great timing and strong hands. He is going to be a handful for somebody to cover one-on-one.”
The SaberCats actually outgained Westmoore by 50 yards (317 yards to 267) but doomed themselves with mistakes, committing 12 penalties for 98 yards and committing three turnovers, including a back-breaker right before halftime.
Trailing 7-0, the SaberCats used all three of their timeouts on defense to force Westmoore to punt from its own territory. Westmoore did so, but after the punt hit the ground, it bounced off a Southmoore player and the Jaguars recovered at the Southmoore 15 with 33 seconds left before halftime.
Three plays later, Green caught an 8-yard slant pass from Lee for a touchdown, giving Westmoore a 14-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Westmoore went up 21-0 with 3:48 left in the third quarter on a fourth-down, 17-yard touchdown pass from Lee to Green. Southmoore briefly rallied, driving 75 yards and scoring on a 5-yard run by Jaelon Walker with 50 seconds left in the third quarter, but on the first play of the fourth quarter, Lee hit Deshawn Lookout for a 74-yard touchdown pass to extend Westmoore's lead to 28-7.
Lee finished 15-of-20 passing for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
A 27-yard touchdown pass from Southmoore's freshman quarterback, Conner Uselton, to Dunya Rice made it 28-13 with 6:25 left, but after a failed onside kickoff attempt by the SaberCats, Westmoore sealed the win with a 42-yard field goal by Austin Dodd.
Kieron Hardrick led Westmoore with 77 yards rushing on 21 carries and a 4-yard second-quarter touchdown run, set up by a nifty 25-yard catch by Green.
Walker led Southmoore with 69 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Uselton went 15-of-21 passing for 158 yards with one interception.