Warriors look for fresh start
Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:07 a.m.
The last five weeks mean nothing.
At least, that is how Victoria West head coach Leonard McAngus views the non-district schedule.
Outside of providing his players an opportunity to grow and gel on the field, the Warriors' first five games were nothing more than an extended, glorified practice session.
In fact, the coach refers to the past month and a half of play as the "preseason."
The real season begins Friday at 7:30 p.m., when West (2-3) opens District 30-4A play against Beeville (3-2) at Memorial Stadium.
"The way we are looking at things is that we are all 0-0," McAngus said. "It is a new season.
"We've had some ups and downs in our preseason, but I think the kids really grew up a lot during that time, and I was real proud of how we finished the last two games. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum on into district."
After beginning the season with three consecutive road losses, the Warriors earned a pair of home victories over visiting San Antonio Highlands and South San Antonio.
More important than the wins, however, are the lessons learned.
"(The players learned about the importance of) finishing games and holding leads," McAngus said. "We had a little bit of trouble doing that in some of our games, and we lost two close games in the fourth quarter.
"In these last two games, I thought the kids really played better late in the game. We are still making mistakes, but they are fewer and further between."
The Warriors were outscored 72-34 and committed nine turnovers in their first three games, but responded by posting 66 points and just two turnovers in their two wins.
West must limit its errors against the Trojans, who will look to control the ball and win the time-of-possession battle behind their running back tandem of Frankie Gutierrez and Ryan Rangel.
But Beeville does not just hold the ball, it also finishes possessions.
In non-district competition, the Trojans averaged 36.4 points per game, posting at least 35 points in four of its five games.
"They do a good job with their special teams which helps them get a few extra possessions," McAngus said. "We've got to counter that by making them punt, taking care of the football when we have it and also do some ball control ourselves."
Running back Chris Franklin leads West's rushing attack with 446 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Garrett Rother has rushed for 339 yards and passed for 632 yards, scoring a combined seven touchdowns.
Beeville is currently riding a two-game losing streak after opening the season with three wins.