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.
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.
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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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