Warriors rule the night (VIDEO)
Video: Battle of the Boot: West
Video: Battle of the Boot: East
Victoria East faced off with Victoria West for their fourth rivalry match at Memorial Stadium Friday evening.
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Before the game was done, Zevaughn Shelton wanted to come through for the Victoria West seniors.
The sophomore running back, who was quiet in the first half with 5 rushing yards, knew a comeback was possible against Victoria East.
The rest of the Warriors knew it, too.
Down 14 points at the half, Shelton had four of the team's six touchdowns in the second half, including the game-winning touchdown with 51 seconds left to play, to give West the 47-43 victory against West's (5-1, 2-0) crosstown rival, the Titans (2-4, 1-2) in District 30-4A action.
"They couldn't stop us in the second half," Shelton said. "Our defense stopped them. They started scoring. We started scoring. All I know is I had to make an effort to score."
Shelton won the game for the Warriors on a 9-yard run through the middle of the Titans' defense.
He had heard all about how the Titans succeeded in defeating the Warriors the past three seasons. Friday night, he wanted to end the Warriors losing streak and give the seniors on the team a victory over East.
"When we need him, he comes through," Warriors senior Tony Navarro said. "You get used to losing so long, and when you finally get it, it tastes good."
Warriors coach Leonard McAngus believed his team could come back no matter the circumstances.
"Anything is possible," McAngus said. "Our defense did a great job of getting some stops, and that's all we needed."
In the first half, the Warriors had just three first downs. The second half, the Warriors had 22 first downs, and Shelton had 104 rushing yards.
"He was possessed, man. He didn't want to go down," McAngus said about Shelton. "He ran hard. He ran like he was capable of doing."
Titans coach Roland Gonzalez knew the Warriors would not go quietly. He believed his team left everything they had on the field.
"West did a great job of turning the momentum," Gonzalez said. "Defensively, they made some adjustments in the second half and were able to make some stops on us and ultimately, made the deciding factor. The unfortunate thing is that there is always a winner and a loser. All you can control is your effort and output on the field. I have no doubt in my mind that our young men left it out on the field."
After Shelton scored the touchdown with 51 seconds left, the Titans tried one last time to make a comeback. Fortunately, Jacob Armstrong grabbed an interception to seal the victory.
"I couldn't believe it," Armstrong said. "Coach gave us our stripes. ... And we came out with the win."
For Shelton, he said the victory was for the team and the seniors.
"I have trust in my team," Shelton said. "We just keep going forward and move on in district."