Bar has been raised for Victoria West
By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 2, 2011 at 4:02 a.m.
The standards have been raised. Qualifying for the bi-district round of the playoffs will no longer satisfy the Victoria West football program.
The playoffs are far off in the horizon. When head coach Leonard McAngus talks about "being better" he is describing what it will take to beat a San Antonio Brackenridge team for the second straight year to open the season.
"They are going to be better this year. They have a lot of their kids coming back - of course we do too," McAngus said. "We have to execute better and we cannot make mistakes. Playing on the road, especially in your first game, is a big disadvantage. We have to go in there and have positive things happen. If something bad does happen we have to forget about it and go to the next play."
The second-year head coach stressed mental mistakes have to be eliminated if his team is to win. The Warriors forced a fumble and an interception in their 39-28 victory over Brackenridge a year ago, while not turning the football over in 44 offensive snaps.
"We can't make mistakes and we can't turn the ball over," McAngus said. "Usually, turnovers occur because of mistakes in one way or another. Not necessarily the guy who is turning it over, but a lineman missing a block or a receiver batting the ball in the air. A lot of things can happen so mistakes and turnovers will be big."
West held the Eagles to 3.7 yards per rushing attempt in their 39-28 victory a year ago. With 10 returning defensive starters, seven of whom are seniors, the coaching staff will rely on that side of the football to "rise to the occasion" with their assignment and tackling Friday night.
After not taking the field during Zero week, the Warriors had to endure district rivals Victoria East and Calhoun soak up the publicity, the hype and the plaudits. Nevertheless, senior center Kyle Loescher is confident his team can not only make noise in District 30-4A this year - but win it.
"I use it as motivation to play harder so we can get ourselves in that picture," said Loescher, who enters his second year as a starter.
Loescher said his offensive line should be much improved this year with another year in McAngus' spread offense. He said a key to Friday's game is not only scoring, but racking up first downs. When the teams met at Memorial Stadium last year, the Warriors had 13 first downs.
With conditions at the San Antonio ISD Sports Complex to be sunny and temperatures near 100, controlling the football will pay off later in the contest. West scored 25 of its 39 points against the Eagles in the second half last year.
"Wear down their defense so we can score easier on future possessions," Loescher said of that strategy. "Throughout the game we will keep our energy up and they will be worn down. It will be easier to score that way."