High school football: Jhames West, receivers key Westmoore's upset of Norman North

West throws for 205 yards. He credits the Jaguars' wide receivers for coming up big in the second half.
by Jacob Unruh Published: September 13, 2012
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photo - Norman North's Bryan Payne is brought down by Westmoore's Zach Clark during a high school football game in Moore, Okla., Thursday, September 13, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Norman North's Bryan Payne is brought down by Westmoore's Zach Clark during a high school football game in Moore, Okla., Thursday, September 13, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

MOORE — Westmoore quarterback Jhames West admits he doesn't praise his wide receivers near enough.

Thursday night, though, he was certainly delivering praise about them.

West had every reason to as he connected for three touchdown passes and also ran for one to lift Westmoore past No. 8 Norman North 29-16 at rainy Moore Stadium to complete Class 6A nondistrict play.

“After this game, they will get a lot more respect from me,” West said. “I trust them, I really do, and I'm glad they came through.”

West, a junior, threw for 205 yards, but more importantly guided his team during a strong second half following a scornful speech from coach Billy Langford at halftime.

The Jaguars (2-1) didn't open the game strong and fell behind 9-0. At halftime, down 9-7, Langford delivered his message.

And on the second possession in the third quarter, the offense responded. West delivered a pump fake and found receiver Lexus Lee streaking down the sideline wide open for a 64-yard, go-ahead strike. After the two-point conversion pass to Austin Dodd, Westmoore never looked back.

“I'm going to start lighting them up before we come out,” Langford said. “They responded. They've got a lot of character, they're pretty tough kids and they're competitive.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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