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Friday Night Lights: Moore War is about unity this year

The massive tornado of May 20 caused horrific death and destruction in the Moore area, and left the community searching for a way to make life seem normal again. Fifteen weeks later, maybe this can bring some solace: high school football season has begun.
by Scott Wright Published: September 5, 2013

But the Moore War is still woven into the fabric of the community. And never has it been quite as important as it will be Friday night. For the players and coaches, there's still a game to be won, and bragging rights up for grabs. But they know the game means a little more this year.

“This game will mean a lot,” Westmoore coach Billy Langford said. “People will get a chance to see their friends' faces and check on them and make sure they're doing well.”

The game will be the central focus Friday night. But before and after the game, at halftime and in between plays, conversations will turn to the community. Friends and family. Those who've received help, and those who still need it.

“The people around here are just looking for something positive to hang their hat on,” Franks said. “It'll give us an opportunity to start the school year out with something that the kids and the people in our community can really get involved in. I think the community is just looking for something that will give them a positive direction, and something they can look forward to.”

The term “rivalry” doesn't immediately trigger thoughts of unity, but outside the white lines of the football field, that's exactly what this year's Moore War will do. It's a positive and uplifting event in a community that deserves all the good vibes it can get.

“These are the kinds of events that bring people together,” Noles said. “I've been so impressed with how this community has supported one another. As many bad things that happened, there have been some truly great things. This'll be another example of that.

“There will be a lot of things said about the football game, and the band performances and how the cheer and pom squads did. But there will also be lots of stories told about ‘where were you when ...'

“It really will be a unifying event for the community. It's gonna be a great night.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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