MOORE — Westmoore's wide receivers have made play-calling a lot easier on coach Billy Langford so far this season.
The Jaguars have a wealth of talent at the receiver position, allowing Langford to open up the passing game and add balance to an already talented rushing offense.
“Our receivers allow us to put four guys out there and really open up the offense,” said Langford, whose team is off to a 3-0 start and currently ranked fifth in Class 6A. “We were pretty run heavy last year, and we've got some of that rushing talent back. But we're making plays in the passing game now to spread the defense out, and then it's easier to come back to the run when they don't know what's coming.”
The receiving corps has also given Langford the benefit of not having to consider which players are in the game before calling a play.
“It makes things a lot easier as a coach when you don't have to worry about who is in there,” said Langford, whose offense is averaging nearly 38 points per game. “I can just call the plays and I know no matter who it is, we have receivers in there that are capable of getting it done.”
Through three games, the group has been led by junior Dahu Green. But sophomore Deshawn Lookout and senior Jake Dyer have also proved to be reliable targets and helpful competitors for Green.
“After Deshawn scores he makes sure to come find me and let me know how many touchdowns he needs to catch up with me,” said Green, who has 16 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns this season. “I think it helps make us better when we compete against each other like that.”
The group still isn't at full strength, a scary reality for future Westmoore opponents. Senior Lexus Lee, the Jaguars' leading receiver last season, hasn't played this season after suffering a broken foot in August. Lee is expected to return in 2-4 weeks.