Tired of losing, East eager to host SA Brackenridge
Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.
Updated Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:14 a.m.
As Victoria East broke its final huddle of Wednesday's football practice, they closed with a message that didn't need repeating.
Someone, it didn't matter who, told his teammates he was tired of losing.
The next opportunity to fix that problem is Friday night when the Titans (0-2) host undefeated San Antonio Brackenridge. It's a rematch of a 2010 Class 4A bi-district playoff game the Titans convincingly won, 62-26.
Brackenridge, winners of 11 straight regular season games, will bring a fast and physical team with a potent rushing offense to Memorial Stadium.
Through two games, the Eagles have averaged 267.5 yards per game on the ground. Eight of their 10 touchdowns have been while rushing the football.
Junior quarterback Ramon Richards has accounted for 415 yards and seven total touchdowns - five rushing, two passing - in his first year as starting quarterback.
"They will be a big challenge, but as long as everyone does their job and we work together as a team, we should be good," said East senior linebacker Seth Christian.
As impressive as those statistics might appear, the Titans tactic to stop the Eagles is simple: improve their tackling.
Christian and head coach Roland Gonzalez mentioned tackling as one of the defensive keys.
East has allowed seven rushing touchdowns through two games. If they can start the game energized and maintain that tempo throughout the game, Christian said the Titans have a chance to win.
"We've been working really hard making sure everyone knows what they are supposed to do," said Christian who has 14 tackles and the team's only interception.
In the first half, East has been outscored 31-7, through two games. If that trend continues, the Eagles might run away with Friday's contest.
Brackenridge has not trailed all season. But, it used a strong second half to jump on San Antonio Sam Houston and Floresville.
The Eagles have outscored opponents 31-7 in the second half of games this year.
Gonzalez said onlookers will see a more physical offense from the Titans this week.
If tackling was the primary thing Gonzalez and his senior linebacker mentioned, the secondary subject was execution.
East may be winless, but it is more concerned with the process of improving weekly and preparing for District 30-4A play.
"Seth put it perfectly," Gonzalez said. "We can't worry about that other kind of stuff. We try to really focus on what's on our plate and handle our business."