Victoria West football prepares for King as injuries mount
By BY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Sept. 9, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.
Victoria West experienced a defeat in Week 1. Entering Week 2, the Warriors are suffering a loss.
The 2010 District 30-4A Linebacker of the Year will not be in uniform for West when it takes on Corpus Christi King on Saturday.
According to Warriors head coach Leonard McAngus, senior defensive standout Brandon Cady was diagnosed with an undisclosed rib injury following last Friday's loss at San Antonio Brackenridge and will miss at least one week.
While hopeful for a quick return, the coach is prepared to be without Cady for some time.
"It's a pretty extensive injury, and we're not sure how long he will be out," McAngus said. "He's definitely a big part of our football team, and when he is not on the field, it is going to make a difference.
"But we've got some kids who have been waiting for an opportunity, and that opportunity is there now. I'm excited to see how they perform when they get a chance."
In the season opener against the Eagles, West's defense gave up 335 total yards of offense, including 237 passing yards, and allowed Brackenridge to erase a 14-point advantage by scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
It is unknown exactly when or how Cady sustained the injury during the game.
"He's a tough kid, and he plays at 100 mph, so he probably didn't feel it until he settled down," McAngus said.
The Warriors' defense will be tested without their physical force on the field.
King running back Rodolfo Alonzo has accounted for 393 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as the Mustangs split their opening two contests.
In the Mustangs season opener against Flour Bluff, Alonzo rushed for 196 yards and three scores. He posted 197 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-38 win at Laredo United South.
The Eagles averaged 3.16 yards per carry against West last week.
As a team, Class 5A King (1-1) has an 8.66 yard-per-carry average behind a mammoth offensive line. The Mustangs have eight offensive lineman weighing at least 250 pounds on their roster.
"It is going to be a very physical, tough football game like it was last year," McAngus said of the Warriors' narrow 14-13 home loss in 2010. "It is going to be a tough match for us, but I think our kids are up for the challenge, and we are ready to go."