West starts slow, can't recover in loss to Lockhart
LOCKHART - After last season, the Victoria West Warriors looked to replace the play-making ability of Seth Harrison on the team's offense.
On Friday night, junior running back Qualian Bryant showed flashes of speed with his runs and ability to move the chains, but unfortunately for the Warriors, it was too late.
Bryant rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, but a five-touchdown second quarter helped the Lions cruise to a 55-12 win Friday at Bunch Field.
"I thought our kids fought hard all through the game, but we made too many mistakes, and it did seem to snowball," said West coach Leonard McAngus.
The loss is West's sixth in a row.
Senior quarterback Garrett Rother completed 13-of-21 passes for 142 yards and added 47 yards rushing, but threw two interceptions.
Junior Jacob Armstrong was on the receiving end of five of those catches for 67 yards, and Chaz Johnson added a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"We came out here prepared and thinking we were going to win, but we messed up and made some mistakes," Bryant said. "But I think next week, we're going to come out and kick some butt."
The Lions' offense set the tone immediately with a 15-play, 97-yard scoring drive that was capped with a 36-yard touchdown pass from CJ McKinney to Brandon Clinger.
It took Lockhart less than five minutes to score three more touchdowns and take a 29-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Warriors turned the ball over three times in the second quarter and Lockhart scored a touchdown on all three occasions to take a 42-6 halftime lead.
"We kind of slugged off and didn't make it easy for our defense," Rother said.
Although Bryant gave the Warriors some hope with a 75-yard touchdown run, the Lions answered four minutes later with Charles Ereuux's first touchdown run of the night.
With Lockhart leading 22-0, the West offense finally got something going. The Warriors drove 54 yards to the Lockhart 12, but on fourth and goal, a fumbled snap on a reverse attempt led to West's second turnover of the quarter.
Two plays later, Brandon Miller punched it in from 11 yards out to make it 29-0 Lockhart midway through the second.
Three different Lions rushed for at least 106 yards and four different players scored rushing touchdowns.
McKinney rushed for 111 yards and a score and was a perfect 2-for-2 for 56 yards and two scores throwing.
Both passing touchdowns came on the same trick play in the first half.
The Lions gave the look of a run sweep before McKinney found Brandon Clinger for touchdown passes of 36 and 20 yards.
"We didn't practice that trick play, that kind of got us down," Bryant said.
The Warriors will try to rebound at home next week against Cuero.