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West preps for King on short week

By jhornberg
Sept. 8, 2010 at 4:08 a.m.

Victoria West's E.J. Simmons goes up to deflect a pass against San Antonio Brackenridge last week.

IF YOU GOCorpus Christi King (1-1) at Victoria West (1-0)

7 p.m., Thursday at Memorial Stadium

The problem wasn't just that the field was flooded. Reaching it was an adventure in itself.

Victoria West coach Leonard McAngus said that, after several inches of rain throughout the week, the practice fields on campus were rendered unusable, and worse, almost unreachable.

At least they aren't alone. The Victoria East team was suffering from a similar problem across town.

"Finding dry ground to work on has been a major concern," McAngus said. "We've been able to go to the stadium the last couple of days."

The Warriors practices were forced inside earlier this week before heading to Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.

Add to that the shortened week and a 5A opponent, and it has taken it's toll.

"You're not at school on Monday and you're playing a Thursday football game," McAngus said. "It makes it real tough in preparing for it. But King's in the same boat."

Focus has been one of the key elements for the coaching staff, McAngus said. Getting the team ready for the game on such a short turnaround.

"We've got to keep our kids focused on what they have to do to win and how we win," he said. "All of that has been real important this week."

Adding to that is King's power running game. The Mustangs run an option offense, McAngus said, which will give the defense a key test early in the season.

But win or lose, seeing that style of offense carries an added bonus: Both Calhoun and Victoria East run similar offenses to King.

"It's good for us to play someone like this because we are going to see this in district," he said. "They're one of the better Corpus Christi ISD programs year in year out."

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