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Titans look to clinch playoff berth against Floresville

By bY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.

Johnathan Garner attempts to run up field against Corpus Christi King earlier this season.

Mickey Finley knows there is no better time than the present.

Needing just one win over the next two weeks to secure a playoff berth, the Victoria East head football coach does not want to face a must-win situation against crosstown rival West in the season finale.

"We need to win one of these last two games, and we would rather do it tonight," Finley said. "We don't want to put it off."

In order to clinch their spot and avoid an all-or-nothing contest with the Warriors, the Titans must contain Floresville's district-leading rusher Hector Villegas.

Through just eight games of his somphomore year, Villegas has accumulated 1,400 rushing yards and 17 TDs.

Needless to say, the Titans' defense will be focusing on the running back, but they will not change their philosophy in order to do so.

"We don't change anything for individuals," Finley said. "We are pretty much a gap-control defense, and we are going to rely on it.

"We are just going to rally everybody to the football."

And East is certainly familiar with rallying.

After losing four consecutive games, including their district opener to Calhoun, the Titans (4-4, 2-1 District 30-4A) bounced back to defeat Beeville and Gregory-Portland.

The Tigers come into Memorial Stadium with a 4-4 overall record, but are just 1-2 in district and desperately need a victory to stay in the playoff hunt.

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