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Victoria West to open season at home

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.


LOCKHART AT VICTORIA WEST

WHERE: Memorial Stadium

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

RADIO: 1340 AM KVNN

• TICKETS: On sale at the VISD Athletic Office, 3001 Miori Lane, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; $6 reserved; $5 general admission; $3 student; All tickets at the gate are $7.

Tony Navarro recalled how last season's opener against Lockhart didn't go Victoria West's way.

West didn't play its best game, and was defeated by the Lions 55-12 in Lockhart.

But last season's 43-point defeat is in the past.

The Warriors start a new season Thursday with Navarro, now a senior, as quarterback.

"We've seen their offense," he said. "We'll win if we stick to fundamentals."

Navarro, who played wide receiver last season, hopes to lead the Warriors to success Thursday night and isn't worried about his debut as quarterback.

"I honestly don't get nervous for games," Navarro said. "I get excited, not nervous. I don't like that word."

Warriors coach Leonard McAngus helped Navarro make the transition to quarterback, and believes he has the intangibles to play the position.

"The good thing is that he's started both ways on the ball," McAngus said. "Playing quarterback is totally different though. I think he'll do fine. I'm not saying he's going to be perfect, but if and when he makes a mistake, it's not going to rattle him."

But luckily for the Warriors, they have their returning coach.

For the Lockhart Lions, they will have their third coach in five seasons. They finished 6-4 in 2012 while the Warriors finished 5-5.

The Warriors were defeated in their first game, but rebounded against Cuero in their second game. McAngus believes Thursday's game will be "an indication of the kind of team we're going to be."

Malcolm Peoples, the Warriors junior wide receiver, also played in last season's opener.

"We've got to come out with a bang because they beat us last year very badly," Peoples said. "We didn't like that, so (Thursday), we're going to show them how West football really is. We're going to do what we're supposed to do."

McAngus has not discussed last season with the team. Hes wants his players to focus on the task at hand, which are the Lions.

"We're going to make sure we do our best," McAngus said, "It's a chance for us to play now."

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