The Calhoun Sandcrabs rebounded quickly from their forfeited win over Alice with a 65-34 road win over the Tuloso-Midway Warriors Friday night, Oct. 11.
Head Coach Richard Whitaker said, heading into this game, it was the biggest one, and he told his players that the Warriors were coming in with confidence.
“They have great personnel, big linemen, fast backs,” Whitaker said. “And their quarterback was insane tonight. I’m very impressed with Tuloso-Midway, and they did a great job tonight.”
Tuloso-Midway kept the game close in the first half and held a 20-16 lead with 3:36 left in the second quarter.
Calhoun turned the game around quickly by closing out the first half on a Conner Kestler to Aaron Zapata touchdown pass and a pick-six by Adrian Chambers.
Whitaker talked about how the defense adjusted after a close first half, in which his defense didn’t move around well on Tuloso-Midway’s offense.
“The second half we moved around better,” Whitaker said. “I know we did some pyramid schemes and started playing the option a lot better there.”
Sandcrabs fullback Steven Johnson continued to extend his record with 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and a fumble return for a score on defense.
Johnson said he didn’t have his best performance against Tuloso-Midway but added that his 80-plus yard fumble return for a score helped his team get motivated.
Chambers had a big defensive night by scoring twice. Johnson said Chambers had been a game-changer since middle school.
“He has always been a player on the ball,” Johnson said. “He has always had an instinct for the ball, so getting that pick-six that totally changed the game.”
The Sandcrabs next travel to Floresville to take on the Tigers, and Whitaker said his team knows they have their backs against the wall.
“Right now, we can’t have any stumbles, and so our whole theme right now is humble and hungry,” Whitaker said. “And we got to come back to practice and focus, and take a look on these guys,”
Whitaker stated that Floresville has a tremendous quarterback, just like Tuloso-Midway, big linemen, an outstanding back, and good personnel.
“Nothing is going to be easy; everyone is going to be a struggle; we just have to be ready to go,” Whitaker said.
Calhoun hits the road to Floresville Friday, Oct.18.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
--Players of the Week--
Offense: Johnson: 26-206 rushing yards, three touchdowns, and a fumble return for a touchdown.
Aaron Zapata: 1-30 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
Defense: Adrian Chambers one fumble return for touchdown and interception return for a touchdown.
Special teams: Esteban Rodriguez one blocked punt, and Chambers an 82-yard two-point conversion return.