Turnovers sealed Victoria West’s fate in its District 15-5A, Division I opener with Flour Bluff.
The Warriors (1-2, 0-1) committed three turnovers on three straight drives in the first half of a 66-13 loss Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The mistakes helped the Hornets (3-0, 1-0) score on six consecutive drives in the first half.
The Warriors would go on to commit five turnovers, and the Hornets turned each one into points.
The 66 points scored by Flour Bluff were the most allowed in program history by West. It was also the Warriors’ second-largest margin of defeat, behind a 56-point loss to Richmond Foster in 2016.
“I took ownership. As the head coach, you’ve gotta take ownership,” said West head coach Courtney Boyce. “That’s what we’ve gotta do and make sure we’re not pointing fingers. Flour Bluff is a really good football team. Mistakes, they took advantage of them and we made too many.
“When the mistakes start, we just have to keep them from rolling downhill,” he continued. “We put our defense into some awful situations against a good football team.”
The Hornets scored touchdowns on seven of their nine first half drives. They scored two touchdowns on their five possessions in the second half.
The Warriors were able to post 296 yards of total offense while Flour Bluff put up 511 yards of total offense, 360 of which came on the ground.
Jeremiah Baldwin’s 19-yard touchdown pass to D’andre Fillmore and Braden Luedeker’s 36-yard pass to Darrian Lacy were West’s only scores of the game.
“Honestly, I feel there’s a great deal we can learn from it,” Boyce added. “I think we’ll be able to fix a lot. But there were some good things that happened tonight. We made some good throws and catches, made some solid runs.”
Fillmore and Dion Green were kept in check as a result of the turnovers.
Fillmore had three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown, and Green compiled 101 total yards.
“I don’t think Flour Bluff was shutting them down, it was turning the ball over,” Boyce said. “We turn the ball over and they don’t get to touch the ball, bottom line.”
After being figuratively hit in the mouth by Flour Bluff, the Warriors hope they can take this lesson into their next seven district games.
“We just need to work harder than we ever did in practice so we can be ready for the next game against King,” Green said. “That (loss) took a toll on us more, honestly. This is a big learning experience. This game shows us what we need to work on more.”
West has a bye week next week, before playing King on Sept. 24 in Corpus Christi.