After Westmoore quarterback Trevor Thompson graduated last year, there was no doubt in Billy Langford's mind who he wanted at quarterback.
More than a year after he moved Jhames West from quarterback to receiver, Langford asked West to move back to his natural position.
“He wants the ball in his hands,” Langford said. “There's so many things he can do when plays break down and him making me look like a superstar play-caller when he makes things happen with his feet.”
For West, moving back has been a comforting experience, though he said practices have ramped up in intensity.
“It's interesting,” West said. “There's a lot more to do in practices now. Before, they'd sometimes be a little bit boring. Now, though, there's plenty to work on.”
As a sophomore, West was the Jaguars' best read-option quarterback, but Thompson edged him out, Langford said.
Later that year, West transitioned to receiver when an injury necessitated the move. That position is likely where West will play in college.
Since moving back, though, West sees the game differently.
“When I was a sophomore back here, everything was super-fast,” he said. “Everything looked cluttered in my head when I was out there. Now, things are moving a whole lot slower for me.
“That's such an advantage right now.”
The biggest surprise, Langford said, is the way West has handled the passing game.
“That's what's exciting to me,” Langford said. “It should be really tough on defenses not to give up something somewhere. He's going to be able to throw well enough to keep defenses honest.”
With eight starters back on the offensive side and seven back on defense, Westmoore is expecting big things, even in a season where it moves into a district with East-side powers Jenks and Broken Arrow.
“We can be as good as we want to be,” West said. “The talent and skill is there to do it. We're in there with some tough teams but we're going into it to beat them, not just play with them.”
For West, this season is also about redemption after he was hurt early in Westmoore's Week 7 loss to Edmond North and missed the rest of the season, including a playoff loss to Midwest City.
“It was frustrating at the end,” West said. “Most of my best friends were in that senior class last year and it was painful for me not to be out there with them and not be able to do anything to help our team win.”