West looks to rebound from sophomore slump
VICTORIA WEST AT-A-GLANCE
2011 RECORD: 2-8, 0-5 District 30-4A
Missed playoffs last season.
FIRST GAME: Aug. 31, at Lockhart, 7 p.m.
One of the rites of passage for teenagers is getting back on their high school campuses and reuniting with friends they may not have seen during the three month summer break.
This is already happening at Victoria West two weeks before the bell rings to signal the first classes of the fall semester.
The Warriors are one of hundreds of football teams to open fall camp around the state on Monday at the school's practice fields.
"It feels good to put the helmet on again and just come out with everybody and get to throw the ball around with the guys that I haven't seen all summer," said senior quarterback Garrett Rother. "It's a good feeling."
Since the Warriors conducted spring football practice, they had to wait a week to begin fall practice.
After finishing 2-8 last season, some of the seniors on the team said they were looking forward to getting back on the field to try and help the Warriors get back into the playoffs after last season's absence.
"It feels so great getting to put the helmet on, see my teammates and just to get to throw the ball around," said senior linebacker Xavier Ramos.
The new season brings with it a new helmet, some new district opponents, and for head coach Leonard McAngus, a new attitude.
The third-year head coach said West's main goal is to improve everyday during preseason practice.
"We can't control what our opponent has or doesn't have, we can't control who we play, who referees it," McAngus said. "We can't control a lot, but we can control our effort and our attitude."
The Warriors open the regular season on Aug. 31 at Lockhart and begin District 30-4A play on Oct. 5 when they host Beeville.
After going through spring practices and offseason workouts, McAngus said this is when the hard work the players put into getting better starts to pay off now.
"I'm excited to get started with these kids," McAngus said. "They've worked really hard and I'm really proud of them."