Titans' McClure confident of team's success against G-P

Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:21 a.m.

If there's one thing Josh McClure isn't lacking, it's confidence.

On the field, the senior wide receiver for Victoria East makes statement after statement on both sides of the ball.

Off it, he's ready and willing to tell you how great he and his Titans teammates are.

"I'm focused on catching every ball passed to me and making my line blocks," he said.

And he's not shy about what he expects the Titans to do to Friday's opponent, Gregory-Portland (6-1, 1-1).

"We're looking forward to completing everything that we're doing," he said.

As a cornerback, he isn't worried about the Wildcats' high-octane spread attack. In fact, he relishes the opportunity.

"That's my favorite," he said with a grin. "They can't pass the ball against us."

So, they don't have a chance?

"Passing-wise, yes. And running-wise. So everything," he added.

Indeed, teams have done little offensively against Victoria East (6-1, 2-0) this season. After losing to Calallen in Week 3, the Titans haven't allowed any of their last four opponents to score more than 14 points.

"The first game we lost was pretty tough on us," he said "But we fought through it."

And McClure has played a big role in that, with three interceptions on defense. He's also been one of the top receivers for the Titans, with 24 receptions for four touchdowns and 577 yards. He averages just below 23 yards per catch.

The loss did reveal a lot, McClure said.

"It really helped us learn where we were," he said. "We were cocky, like we were going to win, and they shut us down."

McClure has had a rough go of it heading into this season, and has seemed to find refuge in football. He transferred in from Denton this summer, where he played two years on varsity.

"It was pretty fun, I got to play varsity even as a sophomore and I played both ways there too," he said. "It was basically the same."

McClure said his family is originally from the Victoria area, but family issues resulted in a move to Denton for several years.

He recently rejoined his family after years away. The rest of the story, he said, was off limits.

A lot has changed for them since then. Victoria East has won its last four games with strong play from players on all sides of the ball.

But for Titans coach Mickey Finley, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

"We're not doing anything different, we're just going to keep doing what we do," he said. "We've done a good job of running it and throwing it. We'll try to stay balanced and play good defense again."

The Titans have reason to be confident. Gregory-Portland was ranked 11th in Class 4A heading into last week's game against Calhoun, one the Wildcats lost 33-30.

"We'd at least have a share of the district lead and possibly have it outright," Finley said. "That's big, that was our goal all along was to win a district championship, then redo our goals after that. It's just another step in that direction."

The Titans are coming off a dominant performance at Beeville to move into a tie with Victoria West for the District 30-4A lead at 2-0.



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