Kestler

Sandcrabs Quarterback Conner Kestler runs by a Floresville defender last Friday night. Kestler rushed for over 100 yards and tied with fullback Steve Johnson with four rushing touchdowns in the 63-14 win over the Tigers. (Photo by Kellie Whitaker)

The Calhoun Sandcrabs moved to 3-1 in district play with a 63-14 win over the Floresville Tigers on the road last Friday night.

The Sandcrabs scored on all nine of their possessions against Floresville, and Head Coach Richard Whitaker said it was great to keep the pressure on Floresville and “take them out of their game.”

“They did a good job the first half keeping the ball away from us,” Whitaker said. “We didn’t have the ball a lot in the first quarter and into the second quarter.”

Whitaker added it was important to keep score, once his team continued putting points on the board. It got Floresville to start pressing a little bit and took them out of their game plan.

Sandcrabs Fullback Steve Johnson and Quarterback Conner Kestler each recorded four touchdowns, and the offense rushed for over 600 yards.

Johnson said he started the game “rough” and wasn’t executing what he was supposed to do, but he added it kept motivating him to get better and faster.

“They [the offense] kept doing their job, so they give to me, and I give to them,” Johnson said.

The defense played big against Floresville’s offense, forcing three turnovers on downs and two interceptions by Calhoun’s Defensive Back Jarius Stewart.

“I thought we played alright defensively…I could have locked up a little bit more, but I did alright.” Stewart said.

Despite getting the win, Whitaker talked about the penalties in the second half in their seventh possession of the game, and he told his players that penalties can make them lose focus.

“Those penalties against the Southsides and Calallens down the road; those penalties are going to cost us,” Whitaker said. “We have to stay focused and not have those silly penalties. It’s just things we have to clean up.”

The Sandcrabs will host Somerset this Friday, and Whitaker said he’ll have to sit down with his players and watch film on Somerset, and he knows Somerset will do the same.

“I know Coach [Sonny] Detmer does a great job. He is a legend coach in Texas,” Whitaker said. “He’ll do a great job and have his kids ready, and hopefully, we’ll have ours ready too.”

The Sandcrabs will take on the Bulldogs this Friday in Sandcrab Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.