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Calhoun sticks to familiar recipe in road win

By By John Allen
Oct. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.


BEEVILLE - When Richard Whitaker came to Port Lavaca Calhoun six seasons ago, the Sandcrabs were a program that hadn't seen the playoffs in more than four decades.

On Friday night, Port Lavaca Calhoun clinched its fifth straight trip to the playoffs with a 28-0 win over Beeville in District 30-4A play.

"I'm proud of this team, this program and this community," Whitaker said. "We ended a 45-year drought and it feels good to have this program where it is now."

The way the Sandcrabs did it Friday night is the way Whitaker has been preaching since the day he arrived, take what the defense gives his option offense and don't allow the opponent to control the ball.

After fullback Brandon Griffith did most of the damage between the tackles in the first half, quarterback Joseph Bargas came up with the big plays in the second half.

"Our defense did a good job of not allowing the big play and forcing turnovers in the first half," Beeville head coach Troy Moses said.

With the Trojans keeping everything inside, Griffith, a 200-pound junior, carved up the middle of the Beeville defense for 109 yards on 14 carries.

Griffith put Port Lavaca Calhoun on the board first, rumbling in from 15 yards out in the second quarter.

But penalties and three turnovers stymied the Sandcrabs from building more than a 7-0 halftime lead.

"I told them at halftime, that was the worst half of offense we have had all season, but we're ahead because the defense played its tail off," Whitaker said.

Offensively, Beeville struggled to move the ball consistently, but had a chance to get some points on the board after a Calhoun fumbled punt. But a fumble inside the Sandcrabs 15 put an end to the threat.

Beeville finished with just 32 yards rushing on the night.

"It was really important to the defense to get the shutout," Whitaker said. "It gives them a little swagger heading to the playoffs."

Meanwhile, Bargas was able to get the corner in the second half, gaining 148 yards on just 10 carries. The junior finished with 225 yards for the game.

"Bargas did a good job of holding onto the ball and taking what the defense gave him," Whitaker said.

Phillip Hernandez recovered a fumble and forced another in the first half for Beeville. Trino Galindo and James Rincon also recovered fumbles for Beeville.

Port Lavaca Calhoun (6-3, 3-1 district) will be headed to play in Division II of the playoffs. The Sandcrabs host Floresville next Friday to finish the regular season.

Beeville (3-6 overall, 1-3 district) travels to Gregory-Portland to finish the regular season on Friday. Beeville will need a win over G-P for a shot at avoiding a second straight season without a trip to playoffs.

"Last week of the season and we control our destiny," Moses said. "That's the way we want it to be."

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