West smashes South San 42-13 (photo gallery)
Sept. 14, 2013 at 4:14 a.m.
As Victoria West sped past South San Antonio in a crushing 42-13 victory Friday night, there were no discernible superstars on the football field.
The spotlight did shine on one player during halftime, however, when he was crowned the 2013 Victoria West homecoming king: senior wide receiver Jacob Armstrong.
Armstrong, who played an important role in West's first two games of the season with 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns, made only one rushing attempt against the Bobcats on Friday night.
"I'm always going 100 percent, but sometimes, I just have to play my role, and tonight, (that) was blocking and letting my teammates score," Armstrong said.
That "one-for-all" mentality is part of what makes Armstrong a great leader, said coach Leonard McAngus.
"He's not a selfish kid," McAngus said after the Warriors' victory. "He's going to do whatever it takes to make the team successful."
Whereas many Crossroads football players start playing football in early elementary school, Armstrong had to work on convincing his mother to let him play.
"My mom didn't like the idea of me playing football, so I was always striving to get her to let me play," Armstrong said. "She felt like I was going to get hurt."
Besides an injury to his right knee that put him on the sideline for two weeks last season, Armstrong has remained healthy and continues to make powerful plays each week for his team.
With this being Armstrong's final season as a Warrior, he feels excited for the next step but is also sad.
"I'm going to make the best of it," he said. "I'm think we're going to go hard and make a lot of wins."
Many of the top senior scorers, such as Armstrong, quarterback Anthony Navarro, running back Qualian Bryant and kicker Ernesto Perez, have been integral parts of West football since its inception.
It's bittersweet every year when the seniors graduate, McAngus said.
"We have great kids at West, and I love working with them - I love getting to do what I get to do," McAngus said. "It's always tough seeing them leave, but it is part of the process."
Coming off a 35-28 loss to Cuero last week, the Warriors scored early and frequently against the 5A South San Antonio Bobcats, a team that has won three games in the last three seasons.
The team scored twice in the first five minutes of the first quarter, a trend that continued throughout the first half.
Navarro ran in two touchdowns in the first quarter and passed to junior wide receiver Malcolm Peoples, who trotted the ball 41 yards to the end zone for another touchdown.
Qualian Bryant and sophomore Zevaughn Shelton also scored in the first half.
Not having a single player make the big plays is "definitely what we want to do," McAngus said.
"We want to spread the wealth," he said. "We got a lot of good skill kids that are capable of doing a lot of good things. The more we can get other people the ball, the harder it will be to defend us."
Though the Warriors were up 42-0 at the halfway mark, McAngus said that they were "lackadaisical" when they returned to the field.
"I thought our first-half performance was great; we played like we're capable of playing," McAngus said. "After a long halftime and a 42-point lead, we just came out flat."
In a quickly played second half, South San Antonio scored twice for a total of 13 points.
Even with a strong win over the Bobcats, McAngus knows his team will have to prepare and be 100 percent ready for Bay City next week.
"Bay City played El Campo really close, and El Campo is a really good football team," he said. "They've improved and they're well-coached - it's going to be a challenge."