Trio of Warriors show off speed during spring game (w/video, gallery)

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

   Angeli Wright for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria West's Zevaughn Shelton, Malcolm Peoples and Gamarquis Girdy all share a similar trait that could prove dangerous in the fall.

They're all fast - very fast.

The trio of Warriors showed off their speed during Wednesday's spring football game at Memorial Stadium. Girdy led the Red team to a 44-21 victory over the Black team that included Peoples and Shelton.

"It was good getting out there and seeing how we look against good talent," Shelton, a sophomore, said. "Last year, I ran with Gamarquis, and this year, we were on separate teams. So we had to work harder. It showed us how it will be against harder teams."

Girdy, who mostly played quarterback for the Red team, scored two touchdowns on runs of 40 and 53 yards. Peoples had the longest run of the day when he broke through the Black team's offensive line and used his speed to outrun the defense 60 yards for the score. Shelton's lone touchdown came from just 5 yards out, but he had several runs of 10 yards or more.

"It's great to have guys that can run the ball," Warriors coach Leonard McAngus said.

"It's a big deal because all three of us are very good athletes, and we have speed," Peoples said. "We can make plays."

All three also play defense for West, and each one knows that conditioning will need to be a big part of their summer workouts if they're going to keep making big plays.

"We had a lot of kids play both sides of the ball," McAngus said. "I was proud of how they handled that. We didn't do a whole lot of conditioning in spring training because we wanted to focus on the football side."

Wide-open competition at QB

At the start of spring practices, the Warriors were searching for a starting quarterback. They're still looking for one at the end of spring practices.

Corbin Perez, who was taking snaps with the first-team offense, will have to undergo another anterior cruciate ligament surgery. That left the door wide open for somebody to step into the game's most important position.

Girdy saw a majority of the snaps at quarterback for the Red team while David Hisquierdo started the game at quarterback for the Black team. Hunter Henderson and Jerry Mancios also saw time at quarterback in Wednesday's spring game.

McAngus said there is no clear No. 1 and the team could possibly have more than one starting quarterback headed into the fall.

"We have three or four guys who are working at it," McAngus said. "We may go into it with more than one. I don't know yet. (Girdy) is definitely one of the guys we're considering."

Hisquierdo was the only quarterback to throw for a touchdown Wednesday, connecting with Xavier Solis for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Girdy was the most productive running the ball and only completed a handful of passes.

"I can improve a lot on throwing," Girdy said. "I feel like I'm not using my technique like I'm supposed to.

"I just have to work on throwing the ball," he continued. "Running - that's no big deal, as you can tell."



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