West picks up road win over South San
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SAN ANTONIO - They may not have a booming sound system on their charter bus, but that won't stop the Victoria West Warriors from bouncing up and down on the way back home.
Qualian Bryan and Garrett Rother combined for over 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns and the West defense held South San Antonio quarterback Justin Martinez in check to help the Warriors beat the Bobcats (1-2) 45-25 and snap a seven-game road losing streak on Friday at South San Stadium.
"We're going to have a good time," said senior linebacker Chaz Johnson. "We're going to be rapping. Coach (Leonard) McAngus loves it when we rap on the way back after winning games."
The road win was the first since West beat Beeville 35-34 in October of 2010. The Warriors are 2-1 on the season and have matched their 2011 win total.
Bryant led the West offense with 153 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries while Rother added 111 yards on the ground and completed 7-of-9 passes for 41 yards through the air.
"The weather was really nice and our kids came out ready to play football," said West head coach Leonard McAngus.
The tide turned early as the Bobcats attempted a pass on 4th-and-goal from their own 28 on their first drive of the game. A pass attempt fell incomplete and Bryant scored from four yards out eight plays later.
"They just get hyped up knowing that the defense gave us that great field position and we need to go capitalize on it and score," said Rother about West's offense.
The Warriors benefited from great field position and built up a three-touchdown lead early in the game.
A failed fourth down conversion and two fumbles gave West the ball on the South San 28-, 39- and 40-yard lines on its first three possesions.
"We kind of experienced the other end of that when we were at Lockhart so we kind of know how it feels," McAngus said. "But, it makes it a lot easier to call plays and do things when you already have the ball on their side of the field."
Rother provided a 36-yard run and Bryant added another 11-yard rushing touchdown to put West ahead 21-0 with 10:45 remaining in the second quarter.
Although South San quarterback Justin Martinez answered with a 47-yard touchdown run, the West defense gave him little room to maneuver on Friday.
Martinez was held to 102 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The West defense tackled the mobile quarterback for no gain or a loss of yards five times.
"He's a great player, but we're doing well right now," Johnson said. "We're shutting down, (getting) three and outs."
West forced three punts and the Bobcats converted just 2-of-10 third down and 0-of-3 fourth downs.
The West defense used a couple of first half stops to ensure South San didn't take any momentum with them into the locker room at halftime.
With West ahead 28-7, the West defense tackled Martinez on a 4th and 3 for no gain to force a turnover on downs and give the Warriors the ball on their own 20.
Although West fumbled on the following play, South San lost three yards on the next three plays and Jorge Cano missed a 39-yard field goal on South San's final offensive play of the first half.
Sophomore wide receiver Malcolm People's 9-yard run answered Martinez's score and put West ahead 28-7 late in the second quarter.
Gamarquis Girdy added a 96-yard touchdown on a kickoff return late in the third quarter to give the Warriors a 28-point lead.
"All three aspects of the game are helping each other out and what happens is a big win for us," Rother said.
Bryant's third touchdown, this one from 11 yards out, put the game out of reach for South San with 6:58 remaining.
Rother ended the game with 111 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Senior tight end Brandon Ellis led the West receivers with two catches for 12 yards.
West is 3-0 all time against South San.
The Warriors return to Memorial Stadium next week when they host Bay City. West will attempt to win a third consecutive game for the second time since the program began in 2010.