Titans look to add win No. 2 against CC King
In high school football nothing is more important than winning district games.
Those are the games that decide who plays in the post season and who watches the games from home.
For Victoria East, that challenge begins next week when the Titans host Tuloso-Midway. Everything first year coach Roland Gonzalez does until then is preparation for East's district opponents.
The Titans took a big step in getting ready for their first district match with a 39-38 win over San Antonio Brackenridge last week.
"It's always good to win, but our primary objective is to win our first district ball game," Gonzalez said. "Everything we do is planned to get us prepared for that."
One player that showed he's headed in the right direction to be ready for district play was Mark Cavazos. The junior quarterback threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns against Brackenridge.
"It was a big confidence booster for him," Gonzalez said. "Keep in mind that Mark is only one player. He's got a pretty good surrounding staff around that allows him to do the things he did Friday night."
That supporting staff includes Deondric Lofton, Jonathan Ortega and Cameron Schultz. Each caught at least one touchdown pass, with Lofton catching three.
However, it will take the entire Titans team to win back-to-back games when they head south to face Corpus Christi King.
"They are very athletic," Gonzalez said about the Mustangs. "They can strike at any point in the game because they have tools and ability to do so. I'm expecting an exciting with some potential big plays."
One big play threat Gonzalez and his defense will be keeping an eye on is J.J. Dallas. Last week against Corpus Christi Ray, Dallas caught three passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.
"J.J. Dallas is a move in last year and is an exceptional athlete," Gonzalez said. "I don't know if you can stop a guy like that but you can focus on minimizing their success."
King, who is riding a two-game win streak into Friday night's match up, will look to run the ball a majority of the time. They've had 102 rush attempts for 486 yards in three games, as compared to just 31 pass attempts. The primary running threats will be Kevin Dawson (151 yards and two touchdowns) and quarterback Bronze Jackson (138 yards and two touchdowns).
For East, stopping the run hasn't been their strong suit. In three games, the Titans have allowed opposing teams to rush for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns.
To slow down the Mustangs' ground attack, the Titans will have to execute their assignments to perfection.
"Week in and week out we focus on being mentally prepared and executing our assignments," Gonzalez said. "We spent a lot of time on that this week, making sure everybody gets their assignment right."
On defense, the Mustangs have given up 363 yards per game and 23 points per game.
For East, the goal will be to try and attack King's defense with a balanced attack.
"Ideally we want to be 50-50 (on offense)," Gonzalez said. "We go into every game plan with that in mind and make adjustments from there."
Fans of the Titans will find out if their team will head into district play with a two-game win streak or the third loss of the season Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Buccaneer Stadium in Corpus Christi.