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PREVIEW: Southmoore vs. Westmoore (OK)

September 9, 2013

MOORE, OK – Less than four months after a devastating tornado swept through the area, the Southmoore SaberCats and the Westmoore Jaguars will meet on the gridiron on Friday at 8 p.m. (EST) at Moore Stadium. Over 12,000 people are expected for the game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

On May 20, a class EF5 tornado swept through Moore and the surrounding area, killing over 20 and injuring over 300 more. Many players from each school lost their homes, including 22 for Southmoore. But it hasn’t stopped them from playing football.

The SaberCats, who have dominated the series as of late, beat the Jaguars 33-27 last season. The schools are separated by just three miles.

Both teams got off to an impressive start, rolling to season-opening wins. Southmoore beat 5A defending state champ Carl Albert 37-14, rushing for 289 yards; and Westmoore beat Moore 37-6.

Southmoore, coached by Jeff Brinkman, graduated two big cogs from its 7-4 season in quarterback Tre Edwards (2,554 total yards and 24 TDs) and back Karltrell Henderson (1,267 yards and 12 TDs). But returning is senior back Jaelon Walker (794 total yards and 6 TDs), receiver Jalen Adams (766 yards and 8 TDs) and senior quarterback Jace Williams, who backed up Edwards last season.

Westmoore, coached by Billy Langford, also graduated its quarterback-back duo in Jhames West (2,160 total yards and 24 TDs) and Austin Richards (788 yards and 12 TDs) from last season’s 6-5 team. Picking up the slack is senior back Kieron Hardrick (892 yards and 15 TDs) and senior receiver Lexus Lee (663 yards and 8 TDs), who is out for six weeks with a right leg injury.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.