Defense plays big role in West wins

Oct. 3, 2012 at 5:03 a.m.

Victoria West has gone from a self-admitted unbelievable low to an amazing high.

The Warriors are 3-1, and have shaken off a big loss to open the season to win three straight. They start district 30-4A.

During the offseason, head coach Leonard McAngus and the West coaching staff said they knew the team had to address certain things in order to compete in district.

So far, so good.

After allowing 478 yards and 55 points to Lockhart, the Warriors have clamped down on opponents.

"After that first loss, I was just sick of it, I was tired of losing," said junior safety and wide receiver Jacob Armstrong. "I'm sure that's what everyone else was saying."

In wins over Cuero, South San Antonio and Bay City, the Warriors have allowed a total of 56 points and 315 yards per game.

That total is down from 2011 where opponents scored 27 points per game and gained 379 yards per game against the Warriors defense.


In the preseason, McAngus emphasized the need for the Warriors to run the ball and match the style of its district opponents.

Thus far the approach has paid off.

West has raised it's average yards per game from 145 in 2011 to 278 this year. They have 16 rushing touchdowns through the first four games of the season after having 15 all of last year.

"Everyone's been going 100 percent of our runs, that's why we've been so successful," said senior quarterback Garrett Rother.

Junior tailback Qualian Bryant has emerged in the backfield to team with Rother for a quarterback-tail back 1-2 punch for West.

Bryant has rushed for 463 yards and nine touchdowns on 58 carries while Rother has 450 yards and four scores on 55 attempts.

Last season, Rother led the team with 634 yards and five touchdowns.


Takeaways have a tendency of flipping the momentum and the field during a game.

In 2011, the Warriors had a hard time getting them, but not so much this season.

The West defense had 11 takeaways last season, but they've managed to get eight in four games this season, including seven in the last three wins.


West and Beeville are meeting for the third time since West opened in 2010.

If this matchup is like the previous two, football fans are in for a good one on Friday.

In 2010, the Warriors won an overtime thriller when Kyle Motal hit Zach Mueller for a two-yard touchdown and Jayce Serrano hit the extra point make the final 35-34 West.

Last year, Rother scored five touchdowns and accounted for 370 yards of offense, but Beeville left Memorial Stadium with a 49-41 district opening win.

"Traditionally, we've had knock down, drag outs the last two years so I expect the same thing this week." McAngus said.



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