Warriors sophomore debuts in scrimmage (VIDEO)

Keldy  Ortiz

Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:23 a.m.

West receiver Jonathan Jimenez avoids being tackled on his way to the end zone as Victoria West scrimmages Alvin at Memorial Stadium Friday morning.

West receiver Jonathan Jimenez avoids being tackled on his way to the end zone as Victoria West scrimmages Alvin at Memorial Stadium Friday morning.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

Jonathan Jimenez enjoys playing football and baseball.

Before starting his sophomore year Monday, the Victoria West receiver wanted to pursue baseball full-time. Jimenez thought he could do better playing sticking with one sport.

Instead, he decided to give football one last shot.

He's glad he did.

During the Warriors' first scrimmage Friday against Alvin, Jimenez had two interceptions and scored a touchdown.

The first year varsity receiver wanted to do well in front of his coaches.

"This is my first year, I wanted to make an big impact," Jimenez said. "I just wanted to work the hardest I could."

Jimenez, who quarterbacked the freshman team, caught a pass from senior Qualian Bryant and ran 70 yards for a touchdown. Jimenez joined the varsity to see how he would fair.

Watching from afar was Warriors coach Leonard McAngus. He was not fazed by Jimenez's performance.

"He's always played football. He's just a competitor," McAngus said. "He's a winner in whatever he does. It doesn't surprise me - he goes out there and makes plays like that."

McAngus felt the Warriors made some mistakes, enough to help Alvin move the ball.

Both teams played in an overtime situation toward the end of the scrimmage.

The Warriors came out successful when senior Jacob Armstrong ran the ball in for a touchdown.

"Offensively, we definitely had some guys that can make big plays," McAngus said. "I thought defensively, our kids competed well. It's a matter of cutting out the mistakes and being more consistent; those things we got to work on."

Warriors quarterback Tony Navarro had a rough start at the beginning of the scrimmage, throwing an interception.

After the turnover, Navarro settled in and had consecutive first downs.

"Overall, I think offensively there's some things we need to work on as a team," Navarro said.

Though Navarro turned the ball over, the combination of junior Malcolm Peoples and Jimenez kept Alvin from scoring.

"For his first game on varsity, he handled the pressure very well," Navarro said about Jimenez. "He made plays for us, good plays at that."

Peoples, like Jimenez, plays both receiver and cornerback positions. He didn't mind his teammate making interceptions.

"I should be doing that (but) I credit him for doing that," Peoples said. "He's doing big things now and he's a sophomore."

After the game, Jimenez was complimented on his performance by teammates and coaches.

Any doubt he had about playing football before the scrimmage was gone.

"I wasn't even sure if I was going to play football this year," Jimenez said. "It changed today - I'm going to keep playing."



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