West gets first district win in more than a year
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• Victoria West (4-1, 1-0) at Victoria East (1-5, 0-2)
• Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium
• Series: East leads 2-0
• Last meeting: Titans won 24-14
When Ernesto Perez is kicking off, long fields for opponents are becoming the norm.
When the junior kicked off for Victoria West against Beeville, he forced a touchback in four of five kickoffs last week.
And against opponents, it's becoming the norm.
"That's amazing," said Wese head coach Leonard McAngus said about Perez. "He does a great job."
Beeville started inside its own 30 on seven of its nine offensive drives, and its average field position was its own 27.
West's average field position was its own 40.
Great defensive field position allowed the Warrior defense to turn up the pressure on Beeville quarterback Cameron Kremers.
Armstrong added a 55-yard punt that pinned the Trojans inside their one-yard line.
On the next play, Kremers was forced to get rid of the ball and avoid a safety resulting in Navarro's interception.
Last week it was hard to pinpoint just one or two reasons why the Warriors beat Beeville, 34-10.
It wasn't a heavy dose of speedy running back Qualian Bryant or the short passing game of quarterback Garrett Rother.
The total team effort was responsible for the Warriors getting their first District 30-4A win in 721 days.
"Everyone offensively was just clicking, executing on all of their assignments," Rother said.
Rother finished the night completing 4-of-6 passes for 79 yards, including touchdown strikes to Jacob Armstrong and Malcolm Peoples.
Armstrong led the West rushing attack thanks to a 72 yard touchdown run on an end around.
Bryant also had a strong game with 71 yards on 14 carries, including a nine-yard touchdown run.
Six different West backs rushed for 255 yards on 33 carries.
"I doesn't matter who gets the ball, let's get it in the end zone," said West head coach Leonard McAngus. "That's the main thing."
Defensively, eight different Warriors amassed five tackles or more, led by David Ledbetter's 11 and Nathan Hermes' 11.
Hermes and Jake Wallace recovered fumbles while Anthony Navarro hauled in an interception.
VAHALIK RETURNS TO LINEUP
After missing two games with a concussion, starting left guard Jonathan Vahalik returned to the starting lineup for the Warriors.
"It felt great to hit people again, especially against Beeville," said the 6-foot, 215-pound lineman. "It's always a good game against them and it felt great to be back here with my teammates, my brothers."
Vahalik was part of an offensive line group that helped pave the way for 334 total yards and five touchdowns.
BATTLE FOR THE SWORD
This week the Warriors stay at Memorial Stadium for a designated road game against the Victoria East Titans.
West is going for its first win against East in the three-year history of the two schools.
The Warriors were blown out in the inaugural game of the series 48-21 and finished last year with a 24-14 loss.
East will be celebrating its homecoming on Friday.