The Calhoun Sandcrabs are heading into the final three games of the season, starting with the Somerset Bulldogs this Friday.
Sandcrabs Head Coach Richard Whitaker talked about the history of playing against Somerset coach Sonny Detmer and his family since the 1990s.
“It seems like I have been playing Detmers my whole career,” Whitaker said. “All the way back in 1990, we played Koy (Detmer) in the semi-final when I was in Aldine High School.”
Whitaker added when he came to Calhoun and was taking on Somerset, Koy Detmer’s son played against his son.
The Sandcrabs will be taking on another Detmer, who is a sophomore, on the field this Friday, and Whitaker praised the long line of quarterbacks under Coach Detmer.
“Sonny is legend coach in Texas, a Hall of Famer, and he does a tremendous job preparing those quarterbacks and everything,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker said the Sandcrab’s defense will take on a Somerset team that has “big kids” and has “the ability to chew the clock.”
Whitaker added one thing his team will be working on this week is getting his defense off the field.
Whitaker went over the type of offense Somerset runs and how they are balanced, but he added their run game is more a power game.
“They have a lot of big linemen, big tight ends, and they have a big fullback…they love to run a lot of power stuff, a lot of counters, sweeps, and ISOs,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker added Somerset will throw play-action off of their power sets, but he added they don’t go into a shotgun spread. They love to throw the football from bootlegs and things like that.
“I think Coach (Cory) McFall will have a great game plan for our kids,” Whitaker said. “And hopefully, we’ll get it down and execute it well.”
The Sandcrabs offense had zero turnovers and scored on all nine possessions against Floresville, and Whitaker hopes his offense can repeat its performance.
“We had no turnovers last week, and that is always a plus,” Whitaker said. “I was upset with some penalties we had, especially in the red zone. That’ll cost us down the road somewhere if we don’t clean that up.”
Whitaker went over the penalties in the Floresville game with the players last Saturday, and he said it was just lack of focus at times.
“I know sometimes we’re revved up and want to come off the ball,” Whitaker said. “Defenses are going be making calls and be moving around, and you can’t listen to that.”
Whitaker added his players have to focus on listening to their quarterback’s voice, and the snap count that they called in the huddle, and just focus and not make mistakes in the red zone.
Whitaker talked about Somerset’s defense from last year and how they played well against his offense.
“We actually threw two touchdown passes against them last year, and the run game was tough sledding,” Whitaker said. “And I thought they had a great scheme and did a great job.”
Whitaker added he showed his players what they’ll be looking at and what they need to work on in preparation for Somerset this week and, hopefully, they have a good game plan.
The Sandcrabs play Somerset this Friday at home.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.