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Missed PAT gives Warriors opening night win

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 29, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

Victoria West's Jacob Armstrong is pursued by Lockhart defenders Jordan Johnson, center, and Mateo Orosco as he drives the ball after a complete pass from quarterback Anthony Navarro during Thursday night's season opener at Memorial Stadium.

Tony Navarro knew Thursday wasn't going to be his best game, but he wanted to leave it all on the field.

Navarro, however, was not on the field at the end of the Victoria West vs. Lockhart game.

The Warriors had its defense on the field against Lockhart with no seconds left in the game. But with an opportunity to go into overtime, the Lions did not convert the extra point, and the Warriors prevailed 35-34.

For Navarro, it was a game he can live with.

"There are still things I need to work on; there's things I could have done better," Navarro said. "But for right now, I'm just going to celebrate on this W right now."

All week, Warriors coach Leonard McAngus had complete confidence in Navarro, though the senior did not have regular season experience under his belt. Through practices and scrimmages, McAngus gave Navarro the reps he needed to build confidence for himself.

"I thought he did great; he made some great throws, and he did a good job of running the offense," McAngus said. "We've got to get smoother offensively."

Malcolm Peoples, a junior wide receiver, had no doubts in Navarro's ability. Peoples made sure to help the quarterback defensively.

On a 4th and 2 in the fourth quarter, Peoples made a tackle to prevent a first down.

"I was telling him to keep it up," Peoples said. "We're here with (Navarro), and we're going to help him. He did his thing, and we won the football game."

Though Navarro did run the football for most of the game, it was in the air where the damage wmade the most impact. He went 13 for 22 with 238 yards passing.

But he could not do it all. The Lions knew it and they capitalized.

Going into halftime, the Lions were down 21-7. In the third quarter, Juan Lopez made a 23-yard run to bring the Lions within a touchdown.

The Warriors pushed ahead with another touchdown to make it a 28-14 advantage in their favor. The fourth quarter belonged to the Lions, who scored 20 unanswered points. That next point mattered, but the Lions could not get it.

For the Warriors, Thursday's game was redemption. Nearly a year ago, they suffered a defeat at Lockhart.

McAngus remembered, as did his players, Navarro and Peoples.

But for Navarro, he won't forget Thursday.

"I kind of like the fact that we won by one point," Navarro said. "They were so close. We prevailed. We were better."

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