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WESTMOORE WINS A WILD MOORE WAR, 51-41

A banner hanging behind the visiting sideline at Moore Schools Stadium on Friday night — behind the Westmoore fan section — said simply, “Some things NEVER change.” For both the Jaguars and the Moore Lions, that proved true again this year. In what no doubt was one of the wilder versions of the annual “Moore War,” Westmoore jumped to a 31-point first-half lead before hanging on for a 51-41 win in the season opener for both teams, extending the Jaguars' winning streak in the series to 17 games. Westmoore quarterback Braxton Bohrofen outdueled his Moore counterpart, Josh Detweiler, in a game that featured 1,005 yards of offense between the teams. Bohrofen, a junior, completed 18 of 24 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Detweiler went 15 of 31 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions that ultimately proved to be the difference. “I didn't expect it winding up like this,” Bohrofen said, motioning toward the scoreboard, “but I knew they had a comeback in them. It's a big rivalry, and they were hyped. They didn't want to go down without a fight. Play this VideoWestmoore wins a wild Moore War “We just take pride in starting fast and playing physical and being able to run the ball at will and being able to score real fast. That worked out.” Westmoore (1-0) scored touchdowns on six of its eight first-half possessions and except for a couple of defensive-backfield breakdowns that led to Moore's two touchdowns, the Jaguars dominated from start to finish in the first half. That changed after halftime, as an unusual turn of events (which included a successful onside kickoff for Moore) meant the Jaguars' offense didn't even touch the football in the third quarter for more than seven minutes. Three Moore touchdowns — broken up by an 84-yard kickoff return for a score by Westmoore's Braxton George — gave the Lions hope. When Moore scored on a 9-yard halfback pass from Dylan Buchheit to Abel Wills Jr., it cut the deficit to 44-34. Finally, with 4:55 left in the quarter, Westmoore's offense returned to the field and though the Jaguars only produced one more score the rest of the way — a 14-yard pass from Bohrofen to James Palmer — they were able to run a lot of clock and give their defense a break. “That was kind of crazy,” Westmoore coach Lorenzo Williams said of the third quarter. “…There were a lot of things going on and the offense, we told the guys, ‘Stay loose, because when you get your chance, you've got to finish this game for us.' They did a great job. They had to keep scoring.” Moore pulled within 51-41 with 9:17 left on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Detweiler to Wills Jr. (who had eight catches for 191 yards and three scores) and forced Westmoore into a three-and-out, but the Jaguars responded by holding the Lions on downs at the Westmoore 30 with 6 minutes left. Moore never touched the ball again. Much of Westmoore's grinding came from its three running backs, who continually rotated in and out of the game. Mike Hotchkins had 24 carries for 120 yards, Garrett King had 18 carries for 91 yards and George had seven carries for 70 yards, part of the Jaguars' 526-yard offensive output. All three backs scored one rushing touchdown. Westmoore also had a triple-digit receiver in Damoriea Vick, who caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Palmer had three catches for 82 yards and two scores. While rolling up 479 yards, Moore had its share of offensive stars, including Detweiler, Wills Jr. and running back Marc Pollard, who carried 17 times for 162 yards and one touchdown.