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Warriors cut it close in three straight road wins

By jhornberg
Oct. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.


LAST THREE GAMESWEST 28, HIGHLANDS 21

(Won on a Chris Franklin 1-yard run with 6:24 left)

WEST 28, SOUTH SAN 25

(Won on 17-yard Kyle Motal pass to Jared Dolezal with 22 seconds left)

WEST 35, BEEVILLE 34

(Won on 4-yard Kyle Motal pass to Zach Mueller in overtime)

Going to a Victoria West road game? Bring the antacids.

For three straight weeks, the Warriors have had to battle back from deficits, including last week's 35-34 overtime victory at Beeville that wasn't secure until the final ball cut through the uprights.

It's enough to make any fan sick from worry.

But for Warriors coach Leonard McAngus, it's a sign of a team that has confidence in what it's doing.

"We have a lot of kids with a lot of character and they have confidence in each other," he said. "They're not going to give up, and haven't in situations where it would have been easy to."

The Warriors return home Friday for another big game, this time against 4-2 Floresville, who McAngus said played district favorite Gregory-Portland tough in an 35-12 loss on Friday.

They cut it close last Friday, going into overtime tied 28-28 with the Trojans in their first District 30-4A game.

Beeville would score on the first possession of overtime, but cornerback Jayce Serrano was able to scoot in and block the extra point, giving the Warriors a chance to end the game on their possession.

And they took full advantage.

Motal hit tight end Zach Mueller for an 4-yard touchdown, and freshman kicker Felipe Bastida hit the extra point to secure West's third straight road win and first district victory.

"They don't get real emotional about it, they just play," he said.

"We practiced overtime situation every scrimmage we had in the spring," McAngus said. "It wasn't the first time they had done an overtime situation, it was the first time in a real game.

"We kind of built off of that - We've been here before, we've practiced this, and we know how it works."

Three weeks ago, the Warriors used a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff of the second half against San Antonio Highlands to battle back, capping off their comeback with a Chris Franklin touchdown run with about six minutes left in the game to win 28-21.

It was the most comfortable of the three road wins.

The following week, at South San, the Warriors won on one of the final plays - an 17-yard pass from Motal to Jared Dolezal for the go-ahead score with just 22 seconds left in the game.

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