Warrios hope to end playoff drought
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.
WARRIORS AT A GLANCE
• COACH: Leonard McAngus (fourth season)
• 2012 RECORD: 5-5, 2-4, missed playoffs
• RETURNING STARTERS: 11
Victoria West looked on from the outside last season when the playoffs started last season.
Needing a win on the last game of the season, West fell short to Gregory-Portland. The Warriors could have controlled their playoff hopes, but losing five of their last six games didn't help their cause.
Last season is behind the Warriors as a new one is one the rise. With a returning cast of players, the Warriors hope to end a two-year playoff drought.
"That's what you ideally want is to control your own destiny, but you've got to win all your games to do that. We lost games we didn't need to lose," Warriors head coach Leonard McAngus said. "We started slow and we came from behind late."
Quarterback Garrett Rother is part of the past as the senior graduated. Fortunately, McAngus believes that the void of not having a veteran quarterback can be filled.
The answer could be Anthony Navarro, a senior who saw playing time last year at cornerback. A possible candidate to take the quarterback position, Navarro saw action during the Warriors' spring game.
Determined to make an impact, Navarro wants his team to win games.
"We are progressively going to get better," Navarro said. "There's no time to feel out your opponent. You have to go in delivering blow after blow."
Jeremiah Sodia will be one of members on the offensive line to protect Navarro. In his second year on the line, the challenge will be to give a quarterback with limited experience time to make a play.
Beyond that, "the biggest hurdle would have to be working with the younger guys, getting them to step," Sodia said, while "protecting my quarterback and avoid him getting sacked."
Not worried about the transition, McAngus can see Navarro performing well even if the senior is not experienced at the position.
"He's got all the intangibles as far as what you look for in a quarterback - leadership, heart and the desire to win," McAngus said. "We started working him at quarterback last year."
When the Warriors made the playoffs in 2010, they advanced to the area round. In 2011, they finished with two wins, and last season they ended with five.
If the Warriors want a repeat of the 2010 season, more wins are needed.
"Bottom line, it comes back to making those plays, blocking and tackling and taking care of the football," McAngus said. "We got to do that early and late."
In his last season at West, Navarro doesn't want to have a disappointing ending. He remembered seniors last season not having the opportunity to move on into the playoffs. He doesn't want to end on that note.
"We have to start fast and and play fast," Navarro said. "We are progressively going to get better."