Warriors fall to Calallen, third loss in a row
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CORPUS CHRISTI - The Victoria West Warriors finished strong and offensively came up with three big fourth quarter scores.
Unfortunatly, it was West's start that cost them.
Senior quarterback Garrett Rother threw for 159 yards and ran for 71, but it wasn't enough as the Warriors (4-4, 1-3) lost to the Calallen Wildcats (6-2, 3-1) 38-24 at Phil Danaher Field on Friday.
"You can't let that happen against a team like them, but our kids never gave up. We kept fighting," said West head coach Leonard McAngus.
The loss is West's third straight in District 30-4A.
For three quarters the Warrior offense had trouble getting things going on a night when the temperatures were in the highn 50s and the wind gusted to up to 25 mph.
But in the fourth, Rother connected with Qualian Bryant and Jacob Armstrong for passing touchdowns and Zevaughn Shelton capped the scoring with a 75-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes remaining.
"Calallen is a great defense, they did some things we had to adjust to," Rother said.
The West offense gained 164 yards in the fourth quarter, but three Rother interceptions led to three Wildcat touchdowns.
Rother was 12-of-26 passing and carried 15 times.
Armstrong was playing for the first time since straining the MCL in his right knee against Victoria East two weeks ago. He was Rother's favorite target with four catches for 54 yards and a nine-yard touchdown pass that cut the Calallen lead to 26-18 with 5:43 remaining.
"It was good," Rother said. "I was confident in throwing to him and it put more receivers on our list."
Shelton needed only one rush to lead West on the ground with 75 yards.
Calallen quarterback Derek Scheible was efficient in leading the Wildcat offense. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown while carrying the ball five times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The weather conditions called for a run-oriented game. The Wildcats came out ready to ride sophomore wide receiver Chris Price with their rush game while keeping West junior Qualian Bryant from breaking a big play.
With the Calallen defense keying in on Bryant, the Warriors found themselves quickly down by two touchdowns.
"We started really slow; the wind was a factor for us," McAngus said.
Short fields gave Chris Price and quarterback Scheible a 9-yard rushing touchdown apiece to put Calallen ahead 12-0 late in the first quarter. Those scores capped drives of 39 and 34 yards for Calallen.
The WIldcats limited Bryant to five yards on six carries in the first half. He finished the night with nine yards on nine carries, but caught two passes for 34 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown on the first play of the fouth quarter.
"This is probably statistically the best defense in our district and not too many people have been able to run the ball on them," McAngus said. "They did a good job of trying to stop some of the things we had sucess in."
"I guess they found Qualian as a threat so they kept going after him," Armstrong said.