Warriors hit the ground running against Cuero
Sept. 11, 2012 at 4:11 a.m.
Gramarquis Girdy doesn't need to show his coaches what he can do in a JV game to earn a spot on varsity.
He may be just a freshman, but he's already making big contributions for the Warriors.
And, if the Cuero game is any indication, he'll have plenty more opportunities to run it this season.
The running back, playing in his second game 60 yards on nine carries against the Gobblers last week, complementing 120 yards by quarterback Garrett Rother, 57 on 11 carries by Qualian Bryant and 367 more by Malcolm Peoples on one carry.
The Warriors have struggled at times in the running game. The 289 yards gained on the ground is the second most in team history after the 388 yards the team gained last year against San Antonio Highlands.
It's a change of approach for a team that just a week before threw the ball 21 times and only ran it 27 times. The Warriors against Cuero ran the ball 47 times, also second to last year's game against Highlands (53).
GETTING THE JUMP
Cuero head coach Travis Reeve said before the game that the Gobblers wanted to be balanced against West, but a 20-point halftime deficit forced the Gobblers to pass more than run.
It was a far cry for the Warriors, who fell behind Lockhart a week before 28-0 in the second quarter.
Even though Cuero was averaging more than four yards per carry against West, Cuero attempted 23 passes in the second half compared to 13 in the first.
A big part of the team's success was with a lack of turnovers on Friday.
In the last 12 games, the Warriors are 3-9 overall. In those three wins, the total number of interceptions is zero. The Warriors are winless when their offense has a turnover through the air.
Minimizing the turnovers also helped Victoria West win the field position battle against Cuero. The Warriors average starting field position for their 11 drives was their own 43 yard line. Meanwhile, Cuero's average starting field position was its own 27 yard line.
Special teams also played a role in establishing field position. Jacob Armstrong averaged 35 yards per punt. Place kicker Ernesto Perez knocked two touchbacks. On his five other kickoffs the junior got plenty of air under his kicks to allow coverage to get down field.
West looks to make it two straight this week when they travel to the Alamo City for a game against South San.
The Warriors have lost their last seven road games, including one played against East at Memorial Stadium.
Their last road win was a 35-34 District 30-4A victory at Beeville.
Will Brown contributed to this report.