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Home field advantage?

By aalvarado
Oct. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.

Victoria West wide receiver Josh Valdez is tackled by a Calhoun defender during the Sandcrabs 54-6 rout of West on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

District 30-4A this week

Floresville at Victoria East

Victoria West at Gregory-Portland

Beeville at Calhoun

All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Victoria West at Beeville

Calhoun at Victoria East

Gregory-Portland at Floresville, 7 p.m.

All matches at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, unless noted

District 30-4A Championship

Friday, 8 a.m.

Veterans Memorial Park in Beeville

The Calhoun Sandcrabs continued their march to an undefeated regular season and a District 30-4A title by dominating Victoria West 54-6 at Memorial Stadium.

Not only did West lose on the field, but in the stands as the Sandcrabs contingent took over Memorial Stadium.

"It's kind of embarrassing when you've got a city of 60,000 people and Port Lavaca has 15,000 and they can put more fans in your stadium than you do," said Ashley Walyuchow who calls play-by-play radio broadcasts for Warriors games.

In the two years that West High has been open, the fan base has developed a reputation for not showing up in full force on Friday nights.

Walyuchow said that he noticed the Calhoun side of the stadium was full while there were still pockets of empty seats in the West home section.

At one point of the game the Calhoun cheerleaders walked around to the home side of the stands to cheer in front of Sandcrabs fans who couldn't find a suitable vantage point on the visitor's side and opted to sit on the home side.

"Our fans are just phenomenal," said Calhoun head coach Richard Whitaker. "It doesn't matter where we go, I think they beat the bus here."

Walyuchow said he has noticed a dip in attendance and fan support compared to last season when the Warriors made it to the Class 4A playoffs in the program's first year of existence.

And it's not just apathy from adults.

"I mention in every broadcast that I've been disappointed in the fan turnout, especially for the home games," Walyuchow said.

"Even the student turnout isn't as good as it probably could be."

Home attendance and ticket sales figures were not available yet from the VISD Athletic Office in time for publication.

The Warriors are 2-6 overall and 0-3 in District 30-4A play meaning they have to win out in order to have a chance to make the playoffs.

West plays its final home game in two weeks against cross-town rival Victoria East.

Titans turning their season around

Victoria East earned its second straight District 30-4A win on Friday when it went on the road and beat Gregory-Portland.

One of the keys to East's 28-14 win was takeaways.

Against the Wildcats the Titans forced and recovered a fumble and intercepted G-P quarterback Brandon Gonzales three times.

"That's what's going to happen when you've got pads popping like that, the ball's going to get knocked loose every once in a while," said Titans head coach Mickey Finley.

Although those turnovers only led to seven Titans points, the changes in momentum and taking away an opponent's chance to score has been a key in East's four wins.

In their four wins they've taken have a 9-3 turnover margin while that number drops to 6-11 in their four losses.

Calhoun-East play for second seed

Victoria West wrapped up its second consecutive District 30-4A championship with a home sweep of Calhoun last week.

But, there is still something left to be decided in that district, namely the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

The Titans and Sandies will meet on Tuesday at the East gym to decide the district's runner-up.

Both teams enter the match with identical 6-3 district marks and Calhoun won the first head-to-head match in Port Lavaca earlier this season.

It'll be the last regular season home match for the four seniors on the Titans roster.

Although East will have the home court advantage, coach Jayme Pauley emphasized the importance of avoiding distractions on what could be an emotional night.

"We cant' look at anything else," Pauley said. "We can't look at the playoffs, we can't look at what place we're going to be in. The only thing that matters is just that game."

Meanwhile, Calhoun coach Virginia Parson knows that regardless of the result of the match, a good performance can have a lasting effect..

"Win or lose, you want to play the best that you can play because you know that you are going into the playoffs," Parsons said. "We just want to be able to take that momentum into the playoffs."

Floresville is locked into the No. 4 sport in district as it is currently 4-5.

Although a No. 2 seed would appear to give a team an easier draw in the playoffs, Pauley said the seed number won't be as memorable as an extended playoff run.

"I know it's more of a pride thing for me and the girls of wanting to be second," Pauley said. "But, to be honest, what really matters is how far you go in the playoffs."

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