Victoria West experiences deja vu in loss to C.C. King
By BY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.
Updated Sept. 11, 2011 at 4:11 a.m.
In the first matchup between Victoria West and Corpus Christi King, a botched snap on a Warriors' field-goal attempt in the game's final moments cost them a victory.
The rematch yielded more special teams woes for West.
This time, however, the miscues occurred when defending the punt.
After falling into a 14-point hole to start the game, West pinned King deep inside its own territory, forcing the Mustangs to punt. But the Warriors committed a personal foul on the attempt, renewing the drive for King.
On the very next snap, the Mustangs made the Warriors pay for the mistake. King senior running back Julian Bost ran for a 73-yard touchdown, giving the Mustangs a 21-point advantage with 3:14 left in the first half.
In the second half, the Warriors again forced King into a punting situation, but were fooled when the Mustangs faked the punt and ran to collect a first down. King went on to score on the drive and never looked back, winning 40-13 at Buccaneer Stadium in Corpus Christi.
"The kicking game is big, and they won the kicking game tonight," West head coach Leonard McAngus said. "[Those plays] made a big difference."
In 2010, the Warriors had an opportunity to take a lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a bad snap on a field-goal attempt led to King winning 14-13.
While a lot of the damage was already done by the time the mistakes were made Saturday evening, there is no doubt the plays stole any momentum the Warriors mustered.
West opened the game by driving into King territory, but could not advance beyond the Mustangs' 39-yard line as Garrett Rother's pass was intercepted. It would be the first of four interceptions by Rother on the night.
The turnover immediately translated into points for King as quarterback Bronze Jackson broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run, giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead with 6:10 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing the Warriors to punt on the following possession, King marched for a second rushing score, extending its lead to 14-0 moments into the second period.
King extended its advantage further following Bost's long touchdown run, but, less than a minute later, West finally got on the scoreboard as Chris Franklin completed a three-play drive with a four-yard touchdown.
But the margin did not last as the Mustangs kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.
King recorded 223 rushing yards in the first half, while the Warriors posted just 169 total yards.
The Warriors defense held King (2-1) scoreless until the waning seconds of the third quarter when Jackson found J.R. Salazar for a 17-yard score to put the Mustangs ahead 31-7. The play marked the culmination of the drive when King faked the punt to continue advancing.
West would respond with a touchdown drive of its own as Rother connected with Seth Harrison for a 23-yard touchdown. Harrison finished with six catches for 88 yards.
"I thought we threw the ball pretty good at times," McAngus said.
Once again, the Warriors momentum would be taken, however, as Rother was intercepted on the two-point conversion attempt and King returned the ball the distance of the field for a score of its own.
The Mustangs added the game's final points on a touchdown with less than four minutes remaining in the contest.
Despite being 0-2 on the season, McAngus feels like a victory is just around the corner.
"I feel like we are close [to winning]," the coach said. "You look at the score and you'd say 'He's crazy,' but I really think we are close to being a good football team.
"We've got a lot of things we have to overcome. We are working on discipline and fundamentals, but we just need to get a win under our belt, and we can get things rolling."
West gets its next opportunity to collect a victory Friday, when it travels to Bay City.
Corpus Christi King 40, Victoria West 13
|Corpus Christi King||7||17||7||9||--||40|
CCK-Bronze Jackson 30 run (Justin Aminzadeh), 6:10.
CCK-Dominique Lane 20 run (Ramon Del La Rosa kick), 11:37.
CCK-Julian Bost 73 run (Ramon De La Rosa kick), 3:14.
VW-Chris Franklin 4 run (Felipe Bastida kick), 2:19.
CCK-Ramon De La Rosa 25 field goal, 0:00.
CCK-JR Salazar 17 pass from Bronze Jackson (Ramon De La Rosa kick), :12.
VW-Seth Harrison 23 pass from Garrett Rother (pass failed), 11:09.
CCK-Andrew Henderson 2-pt conversion interception return, 11:09.
CCK-Rodolfo Alonzo 6 run (Ramon De La Rosa kick), 3:59.
RUSHING-- Victoria, G. Rother 6-46, C. Franklin 11-39.
PASSING-- Victoria, G. Rother 31-14-207-4.
RECEIVING-- Victoria, S. Harrison 6-88, X. Ramos 3-47, C. Davis 3-35, J. Alvarado 2-37.