Victoria West Quarterback, Anthony Navarro, runs the ball during the game at Ricebird Stadium in El Campo.
As of Sunday, September 22, 2013
EL CAMPO - Executing plays and managing clock possession has started to become customary to Victoria West's Anthony Navarro.
Bay City (0-3) made a comeback attempt with an early touchdown to start the fourth quarter.
But with six minutes left in the game, Navarro ran down the game clock for the Warriors (3-1) to hold on for the 35-21 victory at Ricebirds Stadium Saturday.
"He's a master of our offense," Warriors coach Leonard McAngus said. "It's not just Tony though. That whole group is playing, and everybody is working together."
Playing in his first and only season at the quarterback position, the senior wanted to improve to help the Warriors get ready for district. Understanding he doesn't have to use his arm to make a play, he ran for three touchdowns against the Blackcats.
"There's some things I'm a little rusty at that I need to get better at," Navarro said, "But for the most part, in general, it's pretty second-hand nature to me."
After the Blackcats scored three minutes into the fourth quarter, time was left for a possible rally.
The Warriors' Gamarquis Girdy ended all that, providing a 46-yard kickoff return to put the team in Bay City's territory.
All Navarro and the offense had to do was run the game clock down.
"He's doing pretty good," Girdy said of Navarro. "He's getting everything down and doing what a quarterback does."
The Blackcats did manage to get the ball back, but two incomplete passes and a 10-yard penalty sealed their fate.
Saturday's game was a result of Friday's postponement after a two-hour rain delay in Bay City. Both teams decided to resume playing Saturday but also move the game to El Campo.
"There was a lot of things that could have gotten us side tracked," Navarro said. "But the main thing was we needed to stay focus and finish what we started."
The game resumed with the Warriors already up 14-0 in the first quarter. By halftime, the game appeared out of reach with the Warriors leading 28-7. Navarro contributed with three touchdowns in the first half on Saturday.
"I was really proud of our kids and how they came out and executed. All phases of the game, we played well," McAngus said. "There's definitely things we need to improve on. I think we got tired toward the end. As a whole, I was very proud of our kids."
No player was mentioned by name for contributing to the win. Sure, Navarro could have been given credit for leading the victory. But for him and the Warriors, it's a team win that was earned by all players.
"There's things that we as a unit could have done better," Navarro said. "But overall, we're satisfied with what we accomplished today."