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Titans, Warriors eye postseason berth

By Keldy Ortiz
Oct. 31, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.

Victoria West  running back Gamarquis Girdy, left,  runs past Calhoun linebacker Skyler Blinka at Sandcrab Stadium in Port Lavaca.

Tony Navarro hopes the last two regular-season games for Victoria West aren't his final ones.

The last two games in District 30-4A play will decide the Warriors' playoff future.

West is already in a good position to make its second postseason. Friday, the Warriors (5-3, 2-2) head down to Tuloso-Midway (4-4, 1-3) with a chance to get closer to make it toward the playoffs.

"We know our situation. Honestly, I don't think any of us want to think about that," the senior quarterback said. "We're just focused on one team at a time. We plan on winning out."

The last time the Warriors made it to the playoffs was in 2010, when they advanced to the area round before losing to Weslaco East 42-35. That year was the first year of the school's existence.

"We all know we worked too hard to be bummed. We've been disappointed several times, including last season," Navarro said. "We just want to get a shot. We just want to make memories and not hold anything back."

The Warriors could simplify their playoff chances if they beat Tuloso-Midway on Friday and Gregory-Portland (4-5, 2-3) next week.

Warriors coach Leonard McAngus has explained to his players good things will happen when they play well. Since the start of the two-a-days in August, the goal has been to get to the playoffs. Now, it could be within their grasp.

"This is everything we've worked for. This is a big game for us," McAngus said about Friday. "We feel like we've got to play our best game because they're playing for their lives. It's going to be a knock-down drag-out (game)."

For crosstown rival Victoria East, its playoff hopes are dwindling.

The Titans (3-4, 2-2) will face Calhoun (8-1, 4-1) on Saturday and finish the season against Calallen (7-0, 4-0) next week. Both Calallen and Calhoun have clinched playoff berths, and both teams beat the Titans last season.

"We're real excited about going into Calhoun and playing a good football team," said Titans coach Roland Gonzalez. "We've had plenty of recovery time."

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