Titans look to rebound with playoff win
Victoria East won one football game during the first phase of its season and two more during its second. Is it possible to win three in the third portion of the season and continue the trend?
Titan fans will find out Friday night, when Victoria East (3-7) travels to San Antonio Harlandale for a Class 4A bi-district playoff game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
East makes the playoffs for the third straight season, but for the first time under head coach Roland Gonzalez.
The Titans won one game in non-district play, over San Antonio Brackenridge, and two more in District 30-4A play. All three East wins were decided in the final five minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, Harlandale (8-2) is a team that likes to jump on teams in the first half. The Indians have led at intermission nine times this year-the exception was a 24-21 loss at Floresville.
Though the Indians won both shootouts, one of which was a 43-36 double overtime win over San Antonio McCollum to end the regular season, few teams have been able to match an offense, which averages 39.9 points per game, touchdown-for-touchdown.
"They are very fundamental in the way they play," Gonzalez said. "They are very assignment oriented. They throw the ball really well on offense and they execute really well. Considering, we are going over there to play them in their home stadium they are going to be comfortable in that setting, we are going to have to travel well."
If East wants to win, it will likely have to bring its best defense with them. A week ago the Titans allowed Calallen to score 77 points. The Titans allowed 50 points per game in six district contests.
After the Calallen loss, a number of players vowed to play better this week after their season was extended. Gonzalez added practices have been more spirited this week.
If the Titans want to advance to the area round for the third straight year, their head coach says the formula is simple.
"We have to go out there and we have to execute," Gonzalez said. "We have to be fundamental in our tackling and execute in our offense. We have to be mentally focused, travel well and take care of the task at hand."