Westmoore Overpowers Spartans, 34-22
9.22.17 by Ron Holt
MOORE - There's good news and bad news associated with Bixby High's 34-22 loss to Class 6A-I's third-ranked and unbeaten Westmoore Jaguars at Moore Stadium here Thursday night.
The bad news is the Class 6A-II Spartans dipped to 1-3 on the season, suffering their third loss in a row.

The good news? Thursday's game was the final non-district challenge this season, allowing the ailing Spartans to turn their attention to the start of Class 6A-II, District 2 battles. The stakes become magnified from this point on in the season.

"Our new season starts now. We've faced a nice hunk of adversity here recently and we've got a lot of things we've got to clean up," said Bixby head coach Loren Montgomery afterward. "The best news is we can still win the district."

The sixth-ranked Spartans were guilty of only one turnover Thursday night, compiled 358 total offensive yards and sophomore kicker Reis Vernon appears to be another offensive weapon as he kicked three field goals against the Jaguars.
But, busted assignments, missed tackles and missed opportunities proved to be the Spartans' downfall against a powerful opponent which was credited with 410 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing yards.

"I feel like we played a little better tonight against a good team," Coach Montgomery said. "I felt like our kids were dialed in more. We got some good play at times but, as has been the case the last three weeks, mistakes killed us.

"We had a lot of missed tackles and we had Ethan Hall get hurt on the first series. We had some sophomores out there and some guys playing out of position."
Bixby went with its power package to take an early 7-0 lead when senior Coby Tillman rumbled four yards for a touchdown with 5:31 left in the opening stanza. Vernon added the point-after kick.

Westmoore tied the game with no time left in the first frame on an 11-yard TD pass play from quarterback Braxton Bohrofen to James Palmer.

After Vernon's 25-yard field goal gave Bixby a 10-7 lead, the 4-0 Jaguars countered with a 12-yard scoring pass play from Bohrofen to Palmer with 9:43 left in the second quarter.
Vernon kicked an 18-yard field goal with 4:53 left and booted a 35-yard field goal into gusty winds with two seconds left to propel Bixby to a 16-13 lead at intermission.
Westmoore controlled the third quarter and relied on touchdown runs of seven and two yards by Garrett King to take a 27-16 lead going into the fourth quarter. The two-yard TD was set up by a blocked quick punt by Spartan quarterback Staton King.

Bixby came up with several key plays to keep the next drive alive and got within 27-22 when Roller, a sophomore, raced 20 yards to the end zone with 11:16 remaining in the game. The Spartans' two-point conversion pass from Ryan Kerr to Tillman fell incomplete.
G. King finished the evening's scoring parade with a 13-yard, tackle-breaking burst with 7:18 left in the game for the 34-22 lead.

"It was a pretty good effort but we had some busts tonight," said senior offensive/defensive tackle Josh Owens. "We really haven't put it all together yet. We'll do one thing well and another bad … we've just got to work hard to put everything together. We need to put this behind us because we're going into district play, which is what counts. We're starting a new season."

Roller, who started in place of the injured Tucker Pawley, was the offensive leader for the Spartans, rushing for 169 yards on 27 carries and scoring one touchdown. It was his career best varsity performance.
"The line was blocking pretty good, and we got some yards, but we just weren't good enough tonight," Roller said. "I think we'll get back into a groove. We learned the last three weeks that we've got to work harder."

Bixby's King passed for 180 yards on 13-of-23 passing. He was picked off once. His counterpart, Jaguar signal-caller Bohrofen was 9-of-18 passing for 95 yards and two scores. Spartan sophomore Brennan Presley had six catches for 85 yards.
Westmoore had a pair of 100-yard rushers as Braxton George had 186 yards on 21 carries and G. King rushed for 120 yards on 16 attempts.

NEXT GAME - Bixby returns to Lee Snider Stadium Friday, Sept. 29, to open district play against the Muskogee Roughers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Roughers left little doubt about the challenge facing the Spartans this Friday after its 71-6 home turf victory over Bartlesville Friday night.
The Roughers improved to 2-2 on the season with the win. Earlier this season, MHS fell to Midwest City (26-20) at home, won at McAlester (54-0) and dropped a 43-35 decision to Bentonville (Ark.) West. MHS scored with 55 seconds left to defeat the Spartans, 45-42, in last year's district battle in Muskogee.

NOTABLES - Senior defensive back Colton Tofoya intercepted a Jaguar pass and senior defensive lineman Zeke Upshaw recovered a Jaguar fumble. … The third quarter, as well as the second half, haven't been kind to the Spartans. Through four games, Bixby has been outscored 50-8 in the third quarter. In second half play through the past four games, BHS has been outscored 84-48. …Roller's 169 yards rushing topped his previous varsity best effort of 118 yards on 17 carries against Sapulpa in 2016. ,,, Tillman was credited with seven solo tackles, two assists and one tackle for a loss. … Westmoore was averaging 48.3 points per game entering Thursday night's game and had scored 50 and 53 points in the first two games of the season, respectively. … In other Class 6A-II, District 2 games Friday, Sand Springs downed Sapulpa, 31-16, and Booker T. Washington routed Ponca City, 63-21.