Auditions are over for Victoria East on field
Sept. 27, 2012 at 4:27 a.m.
Three losses before October may not be something Victoria East Titans fan expected and it sure wasn't something the team had in mind this year.
Now the big record is 0-0 and the Titans (1-3) have a chance to make the most out of this season beginning on Friday when they host the Tuloso-Midway Warriors (2-2).
"We are better, we have a lot of talant, we really do," said junior linebacker T.J. Cleveland about the Titans record.
The Titans have lost only one District 30-4A game the last two years, won the district title in 2010 and were the runners-up last season.
A 2-2 record may not turn a lot of heads, but it gives Tuloso-Midway a new confidence heading into Friday's game at Memorial Stadium.
"The kids are definitely over last year," said first-year T-M head coach Brian Boone. "We know that we've got our season in our own hands and the kids are pretty confident right now. We feel like we can step out on the field and play with anybody."
Earlier this season, Tuloso-Midway snapped a 14-game losing streak with a win over Corpus Christi Miller.
Although Tuloso-Midway has won only three games since the 2010 season, Titans senior quarterback Mark Cavazos said you can't take too much from either team's records during the non-district slate.
"Record really doesn't mean anything," Cavazos said. "(We've) Just got to go out there and try to get a win."
Cavazos comes into the game as East's leading rusher and passer with 216 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 539 yards and seven scores through the air.
Junior wide receiver Deondric Lofton has been Cavazos' favorite target amassing 248 yards and four touchdowns on 13 receptions.
Tuloso-Midway's defense is allowing only 76 rushing yards per game.
"They're a little undersized up front, but they fly to the ball nonetheless and they play extremely hard," said East head coach Roland Gonzalez.
One thing the Warriors don't do well is force turnovers. Tuloso-Midway has just one interception and a forced fumble all year.
The Titans, conversly, have turned the ball over seven times.
Tuloso-Midway, like many district teams, have a run-oriented offense.
"It makes me excited because we need to prove that we could stop the run game," Cleveland said.
The Warriors average 47 rushing attempts and 334 yards on the ground per game.
The senior-sophomore combo of Tyler Smith and Matthew Dickinson serve as the work horses for the Tuloso-Midway offense. The two have combined for 757 yards and five touchdowns.
Cleveland leds the Titans with 39 tackles while Seth Chrisitain and Albert Longoria each have 31.
East is coming off a 35-13 road loss to Corpus Christi King last week. Cleveland said the loss gave the team motivation to play well on Friday and turn things around.
"That was embarrassing, that was embarrassing," Cleveland said. "Hopefully we can learn from that and quit messing around and go hard."