West cornerback Navarro makes name for himself
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Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Wildcat Stadium, Portland
Radio: KVNN 1340 AM
For Tony Navarro, 2012 has been a dream season.
After joining the Victoria West varsity as a cornerback this season, the junior is not only contributing, but has made a name for himself in the Warriors defensive backfield this season.
"It's been everything I expected and more," said the junior about his first varsity season. "It's my passion, it's what I love to do."
Navarro and the Warriors (5-4, 2-3) look to help their playoff chances on Friday when they travel to Portland for the regular-season finale against the Gregory-Portland Wildcats (7-2, 3-2).
West is currently tied with crosstown rival Victoria East for the fourth and final playoff spot from District 30-4A.
Despite losing to the Titans earlier this season, a win against G-P and an East loss to Calallen would tie the Warriors with the Wildcats for the third playoff spot.
In that scenario West holds a tiebreaker and would be the top seed in the Division I playoffs.
A loss doesn't necessarily eliminate the Warriors. If Calallen beats East and Tuloso-Midway beats Beeville, West would be in because the Warriors hold the tiebreaker in a three-way tie with both teams.
West coach Leonard McAngus emphasized to the team the importance of worrying about the game at G-P and not concerning themselves with the two other games being played.
"We can't control what happens in those other games, all we can control is what happens on the next play," McAngus said.
Added Navarro: "We really can't be thinking about that. We really can't have that lingering in our mind. We've got to go out and just finish the season off with a bang."
Navarro leads the team with two interceptions, is second in solo tackles with 22 and is the team's third leading receiver with 16 catches for 222 yards and four touchdowns.
"When I get my chance, I try making the most out of it," Navarro said. "I've always wanted to be one of those players that distinguishes himself from the rest."
The West defense will have it's hands full with G-P junior power running back Devin Bisby.
"He's physically a big, strong, fast kid," McAngus said. "(He) Overpowers people. We've seen them play a lot of games this year and he's a very impressive runner."
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back has rushed for 1,489 yards and 19 touchdowns on 201 carries.
The Wildcats have a run-oriented offense and the Warriors defense is allowing 247 yards rushing and 33 points per game.
Junior linebacker and wide receiver Nathan Hermes said he looks forward to the challenge of going up against a physical runner like Bisby.
"Power running backs are my favorite because we always go head up and have a competition going on," Hermes said. "I'm excited for it."
Quarterback Garrett Rother leads the West offense.
Rother has thrown for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 936 and nine scores. The senior has completed 54 percent of his passes this season.
Rother's favorite target this season has been Malcolm Peoples. The sophomore has 17 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns.