SOUTH TEXAS – This week, KSAT Sports is making its longest road trip of the season, with more than a two-hour drive to Victoria for one game. The regular season was a success, but the real challenge begins now when it’s all about winning or going home.
The Memorial Minutemen (7-3, 7-1 District 28-5A) at Victoria West Warriors (4-5, 3-3 District 27-5A): Memorial qualifying for the playoffs is one of the best stories this season. Last year, they finished 0-10. This season, they won their first district championship in school history (school opened in 1967) and grabbed their first playoff berth since 1998. Along the way, they snapped a 21-game losing streak and a 30-game slide in district.
“I think they are hungry,” head coach Kemmie Lewis said. “We don’t want it to stop here. We want to keep going forward and see how far we can get with this thing.”
The Warriors' first game of the regular season was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey, resulting in a 9-game campaign. They started off the season 0-2 and then alternated wins and losses the rest of the season to grab the fourth and final playoff spot in 27-5A.
“Victoria West is well coached. They bring some things to the table,” Lewis said. “Offensively, they are explosive and they got some speed. Defensively, they have a nice defense that flies around to the ball.”
Memorial lost a coin flip with the Warriors, which is why they are traveling to Victoria for the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
This Class 5A, Division II bi-district game will kick at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium in Victoria.
You can see the highlights Friday night on the Nightbeat and on biggamecoverage.com. For score updates throughout the night, follow us on Twitter @KSATbgc