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Victoria West High School's No. 1 fan a 74-year-old retiree

Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:11 a.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2012 at 5:12 a.m.

Lloyd Hawes cheers for the Victoria West Warriors during a game against Beeville at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 5. "I'm just a football fan," he said about attending for the love of the game.

For the former Calhoun Sandcrab, his transformation into a silver-clad Warrior was based upon East and West boundary lines of 2009.

"I moved to Victoria in 1964," Lloyd Hawes said. "I went through the days of Memorial, Stroman and Victoria High. When they split it up, we saw we were living in the westside, so naturally I was drawn to root for West."

After the move, Hawes and his son made a habit of going to as many football games as possible in the area.

"We drive everywhere and always tried to make it to the playoff games," Hawes said. "To me, it doesn't matter who's playing; they're all great teams."

With his black, red and silver spirit shirts on, Hawes plans to be at the rivalry game on Friday in his usual reserved seat.

"It's wonderful that we have two teams in Victoria," Hawes said. "The rivalry is good."

For the first time in the three years since the schools opened, West is poised to take the famed boot trophy housed at East.

"This is going to be the third meeting," Hawes said. "They lost a lot of players this year, but they've got good coaches."

Thus far, West has won four games and lost one, putting them in good standing for the playoffs.

"We have speed on our team this year that we haven't had before," Hawes said. "West wants to beat East so bad they can taste it this year, and they have a real good chance of doing that."

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