Warriors confident as they head to South San

Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.
Updated Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:14 a.m.

West running back Qualian Bryant gestures as the Warriors leave the field at halftime on Friday against Cuero.

West running back Qualian Bryant gestures as the Warriors leave the field at halftime on Friday against Cuero.   Angeli Wright for The Victoria Advocate

It may only go down in the record books as a non-district win, but last week's home victory over Cuero was a big one.

It was Victoria West's first win in almost a year and gave the program some momentum.

But this week the Warriors were content to move on and concentrate on the next task, getting win No. 2.

"We can't depend on one week, we've got to keep moving on," said junior running back and outside linebacker Qualian Bryant. "We have to put this one win behind us. It's nice winning, but we've got to win more and we can't just set one for our goal."

On Friday, the Warriors (1-1) go to the Alamo City for a non-district game against the South San Antonio Bobcats (1-1).

West beat South San 28-25 in 2010 and 24-16 at home last year.

After getting blown out in the season opener at Lockhart, West turned things around in Week 1 by cutting down on its mistakes and doing more of the little things to win a game.

"They learned last week what it takes to win, now can they reproduce that another week in a row," said West head coach Leonard McAngus. "That I think takes maturity and that's what we've got to start developing."

Against Cuero, the Warriors turned the ball over just once, but had three takeaways. The ratio was opposite in Week Zero against Lockhart.

In a 40-19 win over the Gobblers, the Warriors scored 21 points on three Gobbler turnovers.

The West defense allowed 494 total yards to Lockhart, but held Cuero to 230. The Gobblers went 0-for-9 on third-down conversions.

A fast start similar to the one West got off to will likely be a necessity on the road.

In the season opener against Lockhart, West quickly fell behind 28-0 midway through the second quarter. They had a 20-0 advantage on Cuero at a similar time last week.

"We didn't try feeling them out, we didn't wait to see what they could do," said junior cornerback and wide receiver Anthony Navarro. "We came out and did what we had to do and did it at full speed."

The Warriors will look to snap a two-season long road losing streak on Friday. West has lost its 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 in 2010.

Corralling South San quarterback Justin Martinez will go a long way toward helping the Warriors beat the Bobcats.

"We've seen him the last two years and he's a heck of an athlete and definitely the leader of their team," McAngus said.

"Being a senior now, he's seen us the last two years also, so I'm sure he'll be ready for us." McAngus said.

The mobile quarterback is averaging more than six yards per rush this season.

In two games against San Antonio McCollum and San Antonio Harlandale, he as accumulated 199 yards on 29 carries and four rushing touchdowns.

"He's a real versatile quarterback so we've got to watch out for his run, but we've also got to make sure we're ready for his pass because it could be there and really hurt us," said junior safety and wide receiver Jacob Armstrong.

Martinez has completed 11-of-20 passes for 79 yards and hasn't thrown an interception this season.

Sophomore running back William Sanchez has provided the Bobcats with a solid second rush option. Sanchez has 148 yards on only 20 carries this year.

Juan Zamarripa has been Martinez's favorite target in the passing game. The junior wide receiver has caught five passes for 46 yards this season.

This season the Warriors wanted to increase their rushing prowess and they could have another good ground game against the Bobcats.

Opponents have rushed for 203 yards per game and an average of five yards per attempt.

Conversly, South San's passing defense has allowed just 193 passing yards and one touchdown while getting two interceptions this season.

Bryant along with senior quarterback Garrett Rother will look to exploit the Bobcats on the ground.

Rother leads the team with 181 yards and three scores on 31 carries while Bryant has 173 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.

Against Cuero, West rushed for 289 yards, its second best outing since the program began in 2010.

Rother has completed 62 percent of his passes this season. In two games, he's gone 20-for-32 for 216 yards and two interceptions.

Armstrong is West's leading receiver with eight catches for 98 yards.

McAngus said he would like to be balanced against South San.

"We want to be able to run and throw it when necessary and I think to be a championship team, you've got to be able to do that," McAngus said.



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