Warriors make best of extra time to get better

Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:25 a.m.

Leonard McAngus is looking for one thing from his team in its scrimmage Thursday against Ingleside.

"We want to get better, and improve from what we did in the first intersquad scrimmage," said the coach for the Victoria West Warriors at the team's photo and media day last Thursday.

The Warriors will play in their final scrimmage at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium with clear goals in mind, McAngus said. He said the team needs to take better care of the football and work on its blocking and tackling.

The Warriors focus isn't on their first opponent, San Antonio Brackenridge, but they are in the back of the team's mind, McAngus said.

"Right now, we're focusing in on being the best that we can be. We're not really worried about anybody else right now," he said. "We've done some preliminary scouting. Some of the things they do we're working on in practice. But our main focus right now is to become better blockers and tacklers, doing a better job of catching and taking care of it."

Victoria West will open its season a week later than most teams, taking its bye week to open the season. Following that, it will play 10 straight weeks beginning with Brackenridge on Sept. 3 at Memorial Stadium. There are advantages to taking the early bye week, McAngus said, particularly for the Warriors.

West entered the spring without its full complement of coaches, and McAngus said having the extra time in the fall to get to know the coaches has been important.

"In the experience I've had with taking a bye right before the first district game, you come back from the break flat," he said. "For some people it's good, but for the kind of kids we have right now, and the situation we're in, coming in late and having only about half the staff, the more time we have before we actually play a game it's going to benefit us."

Consistency is also a big part of it.

"Once we start playing, I think the benefit is being consistent every week, having the same routine. I think that's really important with young kids," McAngus said.

Having the bye week during the middle of the non-district season also doesn't do a whole lot to stave off fatigue, McAngus said. Rather, it could only serve to hamper the Warriors' performance.

"A lot of time, fatigue is more mental than physical, especially later in the season," he said. "An open week in the middle of district isn't going to keep you from having a lot of fatigue when we get down to the district ballgames."

The pursuit of a playoff spot should be enough to stave off fatigue, he added.

"When you're playing for a playoff spot, I don't think fatigue will ever really play a part," McAngus said.



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