Victoria West’s Tyvon Hardrick and Victoria East’s Koby Levigne are separated by 5 miles but still share the same goal.
Hardrick and Levigne are incoming seniors at East and West and would love nothing more than to make a deep playoff push in their final season.
“It’s important for me to lead this group my senior year,” Hardrick said. “I want us to come out and do the best we can do. I want us to come out and make the playoffs.”
Both players took the field for 7on7 games on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium.
Levigne and the Titans won both of their games – starting with a 19-18 win over Calhoun and a 18-12 overtime win over West in the second game.
Levigne caught the game-winning touchdown in East’s win over West.
“It felt good knowing I was able to help my team get the win,” Levigne said. “We came out here to get better and we got better with that win.”
West came up short 6-0 against Edna in its first game before falling to the Titans.
The Cowboys also defeated Calhoun to finish 2-0.
“I want to carry my experience and skill-set to help us go farther than last year,” said Levigne, who plays wide receiver and safety. “Last year helped us get better and we had a good experience. Now we want to learn from that.”
Hardrick and the Warriors came up short of the playoffs last season, but the senior running back is determined to change that this season.
Levigne and the Titans saw their season end in the Class 5A bi-district round.
“We want to take the mistakes from last year and learn,” Hardrick said. “I want us to come out fired up when the season starts and put the foot on the pedal.”
Hardrick arrived at West his freshman season and quickly took the Warriors by storm.
Hardrick rushed for 1,837 yards and 29 touchdowns his junior season and has no plans of slowing down as a senior.
“I want to finish as strong as I can and double my rushing yards next season,” Hardrick said. “I want to be the best I can be for my team.”
Levigne, who joined varsity as a sophomore, wants his senior season to be his best yet.
Other than honing his craft in 7on7, Levigne is also taking advantage of summer football camps at UTSA and Stephen F. Austin.
“I’ll continue training at camps getting better,” Levigne said. “I want to work on my craft so I can get better as a receiver.”
The Titans and Warriors return to Memorial Stadium next Tuesday to continue 7on7 action.
West begins the regular season Sept. 5 against San Benito.
East opens the season Aug. 30 against West Columbia Charter.
“Last year was a good challenge,” Levigne said. “ I want to take it as a learning experience to get better.”