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Harrison, Rother lead Victoria West in scrimmage against C.C. Ray

By aalvarado
Aug. 20, 2011 at 3:20 a.m.


Early in the second quarter, Seth Harrison got out of his wide receiver stance, snuck past a Corpus Christi Ray cornerback lining up across from him and came away with six of the easiest points ever scored.

Victoria West fans hope to see more of this in 2011 after the Warriors outscored Corpus Christi Ray 21-7 in a preseason scrimmage Friday at Memorial Stadium.

"I just went past him and he didn't go with me, I don't know what he did," Harrison said. "(Garrett) Rother saw it right away and just floated it over there."

Harrison caught two passes from Garrett Rother for 44 yards and touchdown.

Last season, Harrison caught 51 passes for more than 900 yards. This season will be different though as Rother will be taking over at the quarterback position for Kyle Motal.

Although the senior said he knows he has to provide leadership and step up, his coach knows that Harrison can do that.

"He had a pretty big role for us last year too," said Warriors coach Leonard McAngus. "He's got a lot of experience, we just expect that much and more from him this year."

On Friday, the first and second team defenses played four different 10-play series before playing a simulated half of football.

Harrison made the first big catch of the game in the simulated portion of the scrimmage.

On their second drive, the Warriors had a third and 15 from their own 41, Harrison was able to keep his concentration of and make a reception despite having two Ray defenders in from of him attempting to break up a pass.

"I knew he (Rother) was going to put it where it had to be," Harrison said.

The reception was good for 23 yards and set up the Warriors inside the Ray 40.

Four plays later, Chaz Johnson scored on a 3-yard draw to put Victoria West up 6-0 midway through the first quarter.

Although the Warriors went three-and-out to begin the game simulation, West found the end zone on three of its next four drives in about a 12-minute span.

"I just felt like they couldn't stop us after that first drive," Harrison said.

Defensively the Warriors were able to come up with a play or two when they needed it despite giving up yardage on screens and designed draws.

After Rother threw an interception that set Ray up at the West 45, the Warriors defense got some pressure on the quarterback and forced a three and out to get the ball back and keep the scrimmage tied at 7-7 late in the first quarter.

The Warriors forced a punt and went on a five-play, 85-yard drive that concluded with the Rother to Harrison touchdown connection.

"They made some big stops today," Harrison said. "They kept knocking the ball loose and all kinds of stuff that we'd like for our defense to have this year."

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