West scores most points on Calallen but still loses 56-38 (VIDEO)

Julie Garcia By Julie Garcia

Oct. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

Calallen  running back Chris Price barrels through the Victoria West defense at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

Calallen running back Chris Price barrels through the Victoria West defense at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.   IAN TERRY for The Victoria Advocate

Two of Victoria West's most dynamic players actually met years ago on a different football field.

When Zevaughn Shelton and Gamarquis Girdy were in fifth grade, they both began playing in the Crossroads Youth Football League.

Five years later, both are sophomore running backs for the Warriors who put up a combined 113 rushing yards against Calallen on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

West was defeated 56-38 against the No. 9 ranked 4A football team in state, scoring more than any other team has this season.

Girdy made varsity as a freshman last season and averages more than 30 rushing yards per game. He scored one rushing and one passing touchdown Friday.

He was also responsible for many of West's 24 first downs.

"(Girdy is a) heck of an athlete," West coach Leonard McAngus said after the game. "We have some really talented and great kids on this football team. I'm really proud of their effort."

CYFL President Kevin Black remembers Girdy and Shelton as some of the fastest and most dedicated kids he has coached in youth football.

"Gamar (Girdy) is probably the fastest individual we had in the CYFL at the time," Black, who coached for 10 years. "He's very disciplined."

As for Shelton, Black noticed that his football talent was being misused on the offensive line early on.

"I said, 'No, the way the kid runs, (he) needs to be a running back," Black said. "I moved him from the line to running back, and he's been a running back ever since."

Since joining varsity last year as a freshman, Shelton has rushed nearly 750 yards and averages 62 yards rushing each game.

Shelton considered quitting football altogether before being repositioned to running back, he said.

"Both of them are just outstanding individuals," Black said. "I'm glad to see they're excelling in their high school careers."

Girdy and Shelton said that youth football taught them to never quit and to always go hard.

"Those guys are a good example of controlling a positive attitude and giving a whole lot of effort," Black said. "Those kids never gave in, never quit."

McAngus echoes Black's sentiments on not only Girdy and Shelton but also his entire team's effort.

"We had some pretty major injuries last week. Our kids could have used that as an excuse, but they didn't," McAngus said. "They just came out here and didn't care who we were playing. I'm proud of our kids and how they kept fighting."

West's offense made some major plays in the first half, scoring 31 points.

"At halftime, we asked our defense to get a couple of stops, which they did," McAngus said. "We didn't execute as well as we did in the first half offensively. Our defense gave us a chance to win, but we just didn't pull it off."

West quarterback Tony Navarro threw four interceptions in the second half, allowing Calallen to score on more possessions.

"(We need to) execute when we have the chance," Girdy said. "We're a good team; we'll be better."

After last week's 62-21 loss to Calhoun, McAngus said they did not focus on the negative.

"They know we still have a lot of potential to get in playoffs, which is one of our goals," McAngus said. "(Before the Calallen game), we didn't compare scores because you can't - every game has its own story."



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