Victoria East running back Jose Oviedo runs through Corpus Christi's defense.
Originally published on Thursday, September 26, 2013
PORT LAVACA - Cory Williams believes in seizing opportunities.
Friday night for Calhoun, the chance to start the district off on the right foot begins by playing at Calallen.
Calhoun will be one of three Crossroads teams beginning district play along with Victoria East and Beeville.
"This game determines how hard we want to play going in the season," said Williams, a Calhoun senior running back. "It's not really the outcome; it's just if we want to be an undefeated team, we have to get pass this game first."
The Sandcrabs (4-0) have a 27-game regular season win streak - the longest of any team in the Crossroads - on the line against the Wildcats (3-0). Last season, the Sandcrabs cruised to a 17-0 victory over the Wildcats on their way to winning the District 30-4A championship.
"It's an important game. You start off 1-0 and beat a good football team," Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker said. "That puts you in the driver's seat. You start off 0-1; you're digging yourself out of a hole the rest of the year. For that fact, it's an important game."
After being shut out for the first time since 1985 in a regular-season game, the Wildcats have approached Friday's contest as a statement game. In last season's matchup, the Wildcats were without players who were injured and suspended.
"One of the two schools has a good chance to win district," Calallen coach Phil Danaher said. "I'm not making excuses. I think our kids didn't take the game too seriously. This time, they want to go out and play."
Senior Hunter Boerm knew how last year's game impacted the Sandcrabs' season. They've not taken their practices this week lightly.
"Everybody kind of bumped up their intensity," Boerm said. "We're picked as the underdogs even though we beat them. We've prepared real well for this team."
Whitaker said the team has its goals. Winning district is one of them but getting to the playoffs is another. Whether the Sandcrabs go undefeated depends on Friday's result.
"Like I told the kids, it's going to be four or five plays that's going to determine this football game," Whitaker said. "We've got a lot of seniors on the team. No one wants to start 0-1 in district."
District play has wiped away everything for the Titans.
It's a clean slate as they prepare for Tuloso-Midway. They will play the Warriors but haven't played a full game since the Titans' victory over San Antonio Brackenridge.
On Sept. 20, the Titans (1-2) played Corpus Christi King to a no contest after lightning caused the game to be postponed without being made up.
The Titans did have a bright spot going into last week as Jose Oviedo ran for a 55-yard score. The senior hadn't played since East's scrimmage against Cuero.
The Trojans (0-4) will have another shot to get into the win column heading to district play.
They will face a Gregory-Portland team that is coming off its second win of the season. The odds have been stacked against the Trojans this season.
In their four games, they have been outscored 183-54.