Kestler

Calhoun High School Sandcrab junior quarterback Conner Kestler, represented Team Black during the coin toss at the spring football game last Friday. (Jared Van Epps/Wave Photo)

The Calhoun Sandcrabs held their annual spring football game last Friday at Sandcrab Stadium.

In a spring game, teammates compete against each other in a full four quarter matchup but there is no punting,

Head Coach Richard Whitaker said every time he mixes his team together into two team that it’s tough.

“I like the effort. The kids played great, and I am so blessed we went out here injury free, and we’re excited for this group,” Whitaker said. “But we have a long way to go.”

Expectations are high for the Sandcrabs, and Whitaker said one of his goals is to make it back to the playoffs, and secondly go deeper into the playoffs.

“If we come up short in those goals, It’ll be disappointing for us, and so right now that is what our expectations are going into the season,” Whitaker said.

Steve Johnson, the Sandcrabs sophomore fullback, said the goals for the whole team in the next two months is to get stronger and faster.

“Junior season is always the hardest season they said for grades,” Johnson said. “And this year is my make it or break it year.”

Team White beat Team Black, 35-21 with the help from sophomores, Jarius Stewart and Johnson.

Stewart and Johnson rushed for a combined total of 215 yards and each scored one rushing touchdown.

Both defenses forced two turnovers, and two fumbles landed in the endzone with each opposing team recovering to score a defensive touchdown in the second half.

The Sandcrabs will take a couple weeks off before their summer offseason program beginning June 10, according to Whitaker.

“That is what we’re talking about that is next extension of our program, and the kids have to be accountable and need to be there. It is very important.” Whitaker said.