Summer workouts offer Victoria West a chance to prepare

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

June 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.

Victoria West quarterback Anthony Navarro delivers a pass during a 7-on-7 competition at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

Victoria West quarterback Anthony Navarro delivers a pass during a 7-on-7 competition at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

For high school football players, the summer workouts, 7-on-7 activities and camps are all voluntary.

Nobody is making them show up at the crack of dawn to run and lift weights, but that's the type of foundation needed for teams to make the postseason.

Victoria West, which has missed out on the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, is laying that foundation as its 2013 squad eyes the start of the season in August.

"The more you show up, the better you are for the season," said senior Tony Navarro. "It pays off and will show during the season."

"It's been great," senior Jeremy Law said about the participation at summer workouts. "A lot of people have shown up, worked hard and proven they want to get better for next season."

As the long, hot days of the Texas summer pass by, the Warriors are working out together in the weight room and practice fields, building camaraderie, chemistry and improving their skill sets - all to win a few more games and make the postseason.

"They've been organizing and doing a great job of coming to our 7 on 7 games and practices," said West coach Leonard McAngus. "I've been proud of that and how they've shown up for our summer workouts too. They're not going to do anything but get better by doing that."

The Warriors return 27 lettermen from a team that went 5-5 in 2012, but they also lost 27 lettermen. With 13 of their 22 starters coming back this August, West will have some new faces lining up on both sides of the ball.

That makes these summer workouts all the more important.

"Definitely, these workouts are important, especially with some of the guys who are newer to the system," Navarro said. "Some of the incoming seniors, we've been close since day one and the younger guys are getting closer to us as well."

McAngus said how a team comes together in the summer and the camaraderie that is built is a good indicator of how a team will be in the fall.

"A big indicator of how your team will be is how your kids respond to being on their own over the summer," McAngus said. "I think it has a lot to do with the type of team you're going to have.

"Your seniors and leaders are put in charge of it and have to step up, take charge and for you to have success the kids have to follow that."

Quarterback competition in full stride

While the Warriors' offense returns eight starters, none of them are named Garrett Rother.

Rother recorded 2,367 yards of total offense and 25 total touchdowns in 2012. It won't be easy for McAngus to find a replacement, but every option is being looked at.

"It's been going ever since we started offseason," McAngus said. "We looked at lot of kids at quarterback and are still looking. Tony Navarro and Qualian Bryant are two seniors who have played other positions, but we're looking at them at quarterback this year."

Bryant was second on the team in rushing a year ago with 733 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Navarro was second on the team in receptions and yards with 22 catches and 307 yards.

He also had four touchdowns and averaged 13.96 yards per catch.

"Of course, I want to come out here and impress the coaches, show them what I got," Navarro said. "But for the most part I don't want to get big headed and don't let the competition get to me."



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