By By Stephen Herzog - firstname.lastname@example.org
May 26, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.
The community got its first look at the Victoria West Warriors football team on Wednesday, but more importantly, Leonard McAngus got a look.
McAngus, the new coach of West, said he wanted to see how his players responded to the adversity of a game, and he was mostly pleased.
"How a team responds to adversity will tell you a lot about who will win the game, usually," he said.
McAngus said he also wanted to see how certain players matched up against each other.
"We set them up to see how they competed against each other," he said.
McAngus said he was pleased overall with the play of his athletes, but a few stood out.
Quarterback Kyle Motal threw three touchdown passes in the game, including two to tight end Zach Mueller.
The first covered about 70 yards, most of which involved Mueller streaking down the sideline.
Mueller is one of a few returning starters for the Warriors, and McAngus said he should be an effective weapon for the West offense.
Motal's other touchdown pass ended in the hands of Jacob Valdez.
Valdez moved to Victoria in January from California.
McAngus said Valdez has good speed and hands, and could be part of a strong receiving corps.
The team's passing game looked strong, McAngus said, and while the running game was inconsistent, he believes West has some talented players in the backfield.
Returnees Brandon Cady and Aaron Hopkins got several carries in the game, as did freshman Chris Franklin. All three could factor into the running back situation in the fall.
Defensively, McAngus said he liked that the defensive made big hits and big plays.
Both defenses forced multiple turnovers, and each side returned one for a touchdown.
Chaz Johnson's score came on a fumble that he scooped up and took 60 yards to the end zone.
McAngus said Ryan Dibble also made several good tackles in the game.
With the spring behind them, the Warriors now move on to summer workouts, in which players have to lead themselves.
"Senior leadership is really important," McAngus said of summer workouts. "We want them to have fun and vacation, but it's also important that they spend time together."