Top 5 moments for East and West from the 2010 season
Nov. 28, 2010 at 5:28 a.m.
Updated Nov. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.
No one expected either the Victoria West Warriors or Victoria East Titans to do what they did this season.
Two new schools splitting players from what was thought to be a mediocre Class 5A program were maybe supposed to finish on the cusp of the playoffs, if make them at all.
What no one saw coming was the kind of performance both teams put on. The Titans massacred most of their opponents from the word go, and the Warriors battled for almost every win they got. There were a lot of big moments from the 2010 season, and here are the top five for each team:
For Victoria West
Off to a good start: Victoria West gets a strong performance all around from a lot of players, especially wide receiver Seth Harrison and quarterback Kyle Motal, to beat San Antonio Brackenridge in its opener on Sept. 4.
Back in a big way: The Warriors, on a bad losing streak and struggling enter the playoffs, take out their frustrations on bi-district opponent San Antonio Jefferson. Victoria West held the Mustangs to just a first half field goal while notching 31 first half points on its way to its first playoff win. Chris Franklin ran for 175 yards.
Big win: Fourth and goal on the four-yard line, Kyle Motal finds Zach Mueller in the end zone for a touchdown and Felipe Bastida hits the extra point to help the Warriors beat Beeville 35-34. Just minutes earlier, Jayce Serrano rounded the corner and blocked the Trojans PAT attempt in overtime, giving the Warriors a big opening.
Late comeback: Down at the half to San Antonio Highlands, Carlos Eddington forces a big fumble on the kickoff to start the second half, allowing West to rally back from a 21-7 halftime deficit to pick up its second win of the season, 28-21.
Last-second heroics: Down by four in the waning seconds of the game against South San, Kyle Motal finds Jared Dolezal in the end zone for the game winning touchdown with 22 seconds remaining from 17 yards out. It was the second of three consecutive, come-from-behind wins.
For Victoria East
Opening blowout: Victoria East opens its season in stunning fashion, beating up Harlingen South with 27 first- quarter points en route to a dominant 76-35 drubbing of the Hawks. The Titans ran for a whopping 406 yards, and Ervin Yates had 106 of those yards with two TDs.
Who's the best? The Titans take on their crosstown rival for the first time in front of what was called by athletic director Ralph Escalona one of the largest crowds in Memorial Stadium history. Roderick Warren rushes for 128 yards and five touchdowns in the first half on his way to 165 yards on 18 carries and a 48-21 Victoria East win that wasn't nearly as close as the score suggested.
Rally back: Down in their area game against Mission Veterans Memorial 33-31 at the half, the Titans hold the Patriots to just seven second-half points and turn up the offense to advance behind Johnathan Garner's 212 yards and Yates' 170.
With a bang: The Titans open district play with a powerful message to the rest of their opponents, getting 19 second-quarter points and a strong performance from Josh McClure, who caught five passes and two touchdowns for 77 yards.
Flying start: It's a game that doesn't carry a lot of big memories, but Steven Martinez provided one Week 2 against Calallen, taking the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, part of a big, 21-point first quarter that wouldn't hold. Even in defeat, it proved to be a turning point.