Fresh start for Victoria West players

Aug. 9, 2010 at 3:09 a.m.

Victoria West coach Leonard McAngus is in building mode.

Tasked with creating the football program at one of Victoria's new high schools, the new coach says he's up to the task.

"It's a fresh new start for everybody. Everybody," he said. "For the administrators to the ninth graders. It's a chance to build on something, to make something, from nothing.

"It's a beautiful facility, and I think we have a great staff and great leadership. It's something that you can build on."

The West Warriors took to the field for the team's first practice on Monday, a week after everyone else because the Warriors held their spring practices in May.

Part of the newness involves forming traditions. And it's something their coach feels they need to see as important.

"For the kids, they have to look at it as 'Hey, we're building our own traditions, right here right now,'" McAngus said.

He said he hopes to instill more discipline in his team for the upcoming season, and he has three weeks to do it before the Warriors take the field for the opener against San Antonio Brackenridge at home on Sept. 3.

"Our goal is to get in shape so that, when we play that first game, so that they can play four quarters, so we got about three weeks before that happens," he said.

But there are two obstacles for the early practices: the blistering heat.

"We've still got a long ways to go," McAngus said. "I would say the majority of our kids were at the summer conditioning camp.

"It's tough on everybody. The heat, and two two-hour practices, I think it's tough on all of the kids, but it's just a matter getting used to it and getting adjusted to it because it's the only way to get in shape to play a football game."

The team will first put the pads on Friday.

McAngus may be the new coach at Victoria West, but he's hardly a stranger to this town's older football fans. He coached with Mark Reeve from 1990 to 1995 as offensive coordinator at Victoria High.

He said he likes his team's playoff chances this season.

"It's a good, tough district that going to be tough to get a spot in the playoffs," McAngus said. "I believe our kids are very capable. ... It's just a matter of things working out our way and making sure we are up to the challenge."



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