Former Victoria East teammates retain love for football

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Feb. 11, 2017 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2017 at 6 a.m.

The  Raiders' Jonathan Garner tries to run past the  Hurricanes'  Trvion Flowers.

The Raiders' Jonathan Garner tries to run past the Hurricanes' Trvion Flowers.   Casey Jackson for The Victoria Advocate

Charles Diggs is working at United Parcel Service, and Jonathan Garner is preparing to enter the U.S. Navy.

But the former Victoria East teammates got to relive some old memories Saturday night at Patti Welder Stadium.

The running backs were on opposite sides as the Victoria USA Raiders and Victoria Hurricanes opened the Crossroads Amateur Football League season.

"Actually, it's kind of funny," Diggs said. "We were just talking the other day about what it would be like to play against each other and here we are doing it."

Garner graduated from East in 2012, and Diggs finished school in 2013. But the former Titans never lost their passion for the game.

"I still enjoy it," Garner said, "and, yes sir, I can still play."

"I never will stop loving it," Diggs added. "I'm a die-hard fan. I'm going to stick to it as long as my body does."

Diggs appreciates his job at UPS and is thankful for the opportunity to get back on the field.

"I'm just trying to make it in life as a kid," Diggs said, "and do the right things."

Garner has found that playing football has kept him in shape for when he reports to basic training.

"I'm just trying to get my head straight and train to go to the Navy," Garner said. "Ever since I was a kid, I had dreams to be a Navy SEAL. I'm old enough to do it now so I might as well pursue it."

Diggs' Hurricanes ran away with a 44-9 win, but both players are looking forward to the rest of the season.

"It's all good vibes," Garner said. "Coach is talking about trying to get us all equal amount of reps. There's no favoritism and everybody seems to get along."

"Everybody is hard working and determined," Diggs said. "We have good coaches. The players are here to do what they have to do. Everybody is out here to look out for each other. That's what is so good about this team."

Williams throws 5 touchdown passes

Bay City graduate Cordero "Showtime" Williams threw five touchdown passes and ran for one in the Hurricanes' win.

Williams connected for scores with Keith Hradek for 24 and 9 yards, Malcolm Peoples for 13 and 19 yards, and 10 yards to David Hisquierdo.

Williams also hurdled a defender en route to a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Raiders scored on a 90-yard run by Bryant Wolf, and Patrick Sohrt kicked a 45-yard field goal.


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