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30-4A PREVIEW: Five teams in sprint for four playoff spots

Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.


Five teams in the reconfigured District 30-4A not only made the football playoffs last year, but won a game once they qualified.

Previous success doesn't guarantee anything when the lights come on, but it does make for intriguing storylines as the 2012 season approaches.

"That's no different than any other year," said Calallen head coach Phil Danaher, about the lofty expectations in the new district. "We've made the semifinals the last two years. We've been there 10 or 11 times. We know every game people are going to gun for us. It's a situation where people will always gun for us because if they beat us, it will improve their season."

In addition, the district returns its champion, Calhoun. The Sandcrabs come off their first undefeated regular season in school history, and a second straight run to the Class 4A, Division II regional quarterfinals.

There are challengers to Calallen and Calhoun this year.

In junior Devin Bisby, Gregory-Portland has someone who ran for 1,588 yards and 17 touchdowns, and someone talented enough for Calallen's Danaher to dub a "stud." Victoria East has a new coach but a lot of talent back, and Beeville returns 13 starters from its first playoff team in three years.

Calhoun will have its work cut out for it this year. The team has to replace 10 starters on offense, including key skill players Joseph Bargas, Jeremy Loya and Brandon Griffith.

All of this ensures that District 30-4A play, when it rolls around at the end of September, won't be a cake walk.

"We are going to have to play every week," said Roland Gonzalez, the first-year coach at Victoria East. "There are some teams in our district that have established themselves as good little powerhouses that make the playoffs year after year. We definitely have to get ready for them. We can't slack off in any particular week."

East finished second behind the Sandcrabs last year after the Titans were routed 53-7 in Port Lavaca.

Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker has helped the Sandcrabs to the playoffs his last six seasons, only missing out in his first season there.

On paper, the strength of the reigning 30-4A champions might be in its secondary, as Trey Robinson, Dustin Snider and Jakorious Williams all return. However, the district is not one where teams have proven they will air it out with consistency.

Calallen is figuring out who will be its starting quarterback. Cameron Schultz and Mark Cavazos figure to split time in the shotgun at East. Gregory-Portland ran the ball 68 percent of the time last year with Bisby and others, while Beeville runs a wing-T.

West, with 230 attempts in 10 games, threw the ball more than anyone in the district last fall, but the West offense at times struggled to muster enough points to stay in games.

West coach Leonard McAngus is not worried about the past, or the upcoming district schedule where both Calallen and East scheduled the Warriors for homecoming. He wants his team to focus on the next play, beating the man across from them and finding ways to continuously improve.

"We're not going to worry about the results," he said. "We can control our effort and attention on every play. If we do that our kids will be more productive and more successful."

McAngus stressed that focusing on the 2011 team that arguably lost a half-dozen games in the fourth quarter would not be an apt comparison to the team that will take the field this year. He said seniors such as defensive lineman Jorge Garcia and offensive linemen Jonathan Vahalik and Jake Wallace will likely lead that charge.

With five teams looking to return to the playoffs, West seeking redemption and T-M looking for its first win in 13 tries, the new 30-4A should be anything but dull.

"It's going to be a tough race," McAngus said, a sentiment shared by others in the district. "Everyone has a shot to get in the playoffs. Our focus is to not worry about those guys, but focus on what we can be."

Calhoun

Sandcrabs

• Coach: Richard Whitaker

• Years at current school: 8

• Record at current school: 60-25

• Years as head coach: 14

• Overall record: 92-54

• Last year's record: 12-1, 5-0 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, regionals

• Returning starters: OT J.R. Perez, LB Marcus Klamm, DT James Mendez, DT Albert Gonzalez, DB Trey Robinson, DB Dustin Snider, DB Jakorious Williams.

6Devian CantuRBSr.
7Carlos DuenezQB/DBSr.
8Elijah VelasquezRB/DBSo.
9Brandon SmithwickRB/DBJr.
10Taylor LeeSe/DBSo.
11Taquan MilesSE/OLBSr.
14Hunter BoermQB/DBJr.
15Trey RobinsonRB/DBSr.
19Colton KventonTE/OLBJr.
20Kalani OlascuagaSE/DBSr.
21Mauro GarciaRB/DBJr.
22Cory WilliamsRB/DBJr.
26Sebastian GrimaldoRB/DBSr.
28Jimmy GonzalesSE/DBSr.
32Gabriel CasarezRB/DBJr.
34Marcus KlammRB/LBSr.
35Dustin SniderRB/DBSr.
38Shavarius RichardRB/DBSo.
40Drew OrtizSE/OLBSr.
42Austin EnglishTE/OLBSr.
44Lu LozanoOLBSr.
48Jason StevensTE/LBSr.
50Nick DUckworthOL/DLSr.
51Patrick PenaTE/OLBSr.
52Adriel CordovaC/DLJr.
54Chris QuintanillaOL/DLSr.
55Michael BoudreauzC/LBSr.
56Juan EscamillaK/PJr.
60Albert GonzalezOL/DLSr.
61Jonathan ChavanaOL/DLSr.
62Sean TynesC/DLSr.
65Morgan MolinaOL/DLJr.
68Jimmy CupianOL/DLSr.
70Steven CastanedaOL/DLSr.
71Brian TschatschulaOL/DLJr.
72James MendezOL/DLSr.
75Jesse GarciaOL/DLSr.
76Arturo RomeroOL/DLJr.
77J.R. PerezOL/DLSr.
78Adam ShippOL/DLSr.
79Lake WatsonOL/DLSr.
83Cameron BoermSE/DBSo.
84Victor Almarez-RodriguezK/PSr.
88Eric HerreraTE/OLBSr.
89Geoffrey YoungbloodTE/OLBSr.
99Chris HarperTE/OLBJr.

Victoria West

Warriors

• Coach: Leonard McAngus

• Years at current school: 3

• Record at current school: 8-14

• Years as head coach: 16

• Overall record: 77-81

• Last year's record: 2-8, 0-5 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2010, area

• Returning starters: QB Garrett Rother, LB Xavier Ramos, OT Jake Wallace, OG Jonathan Vahalik, OG Andrew Neuvar, LB David Ledbetter, FS Jacob Armstrong, LB Qualian Bryant, K Ernesto Perez.

4Marcus HernendezWR/SSr.
5Tim KitchensRB/LBSr.
6Malcolm PeoplesWR/CBSo.
7Jacob ArmstrongWR/SJr.
8Corbin PerezQB/SSo.
9Garrett RotherQB/SSr.
10Brandon EllisTE/OLBSr.
11Jacob HarrisonWR/OLBJr.
12Xavier RamosQB/LBSr.
15Zach DaileyQB/SJr.
20Johnny MartinezDESr.
21Khaudry HolmesWR/CBSr.
22Aualian BryantTB/OLBJr.
23Anthony NavarroQR/CBJr.
24Modesto MartinezRB/CBJr.
25Trenton MalerWR/OLBSr.
26Gamarquis GirdyRB/CBSr.
27Jeff SmithTE/LBJr.
28Miguel OntiverosWR/CBJr.
29Zevaughn SheltonRB/LBFr.
30Dylan SanchezWR/OLBJr.
31Greg De Los SantosRB/LBSo.
32Michael De La GarzaRB/LBSo.
33Jorge GarciaDLSr.
34Fernando OrtizDESr.
35Kenny SanchezDLSr.
38Ernesto PerezKJr.
39Jesse RamirezDLSr.
40Nathan HermesWR/LBJr.
41David LedbetterTE/LBSr.
42John HillDEJr.
43Zach MagniaDESr.
44Chaz JohnsonRB/LBSr.
50Jonathan VahalikOLSr.
51Dominic OlguinDESr.
52Albert BeamonDLSr.
53Ralph GonzalesOLSr.
60Jeremy SledgeOLSr.
61Jermiah SodiaOLSo.
62Ottis JacksonDLSo.
63Jack WallaceOLSr.
64Isiah TankersleyOLSr.
65Connor ChumchalOLJr.
70Jacob NelsonOLSr.
71Trenton BallardOLSr.
73Trenton BallardOLSr.
74Matthew RamirezOLJr.
77Daniel SanchezOLJr.
78Andrew NeuvarOLJr.
79Abraham SalinasDESr.
80Caleb MarekWR/OLBJr.
87Rashad JacksonWR/RBSr.
89Dustin SmithWR/DEJr.
90Andrew GarrettDEJr.

Beeville

Trojans

• Coach: Troy Moses

• Years at current school: 4

• Record at current school: 12-20

• Years as head coach: 6

• Overall record: 21-32

• Last year's record: 6-6, 2-4 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, area

• Returning starters: TB Eric Rosales, G Tyler Byrd, C Graham Traylor, G Aric Gamez, T Tevin Wilson, TE Hunter Hardy, OLB Joe Ray Garza, CB David Garcia, OLB Roger Salazar, LB Joey Granados, DT Brent Puga.

2Steven GarciaTB/DBsr.
3Tristan PelitireFB/SSjr.
4Hilario LunaTB/DBsr.
5Johnathan TrevinoSM/DEsr.
7Carlton KremersQB/DBso.
10Dillion TorresSM/LBsr,
11Tanner TrevinoQB/DBso.
12Lucas GlewFB/LBsr.
15William HinojosaSM/DBsr.
16Marcos UlloaKsr.
20Dylan KnappHB/LBjr.
22Marcos GanceresSM/DBsr.
23Joseph GonzalezHB/LBsr.
25Joe Rey GarzaSM/LBsr.
27Ryan FuentesHB/DEsr.
28Conrad RuizSE/DEsr.
30David GarciaTB/DBsr.
31Eric RosalesTB/DBsr.
32Ernest SunigaFB/LBsr.
33Roger SalazarHB/DBsr.
34Kurt TrevinoTB/DBsr.
35Cordell AguirreSM/LBsr.
40Chris CasarezSM/DBsr.
42Joey GranadosSE/LBsr.
45Jacob FloresHB/LBjr.
50Kyle StandridgeG/DTsr.
52Tyler ByrdG/DTsr.
55Walter AltamainoG/DTsr.
57Graham TraylorC/DEsr.
64Cameron EllerbeT/DTjr.
65Matthew BotelloT/DTso.
66Aric GamezG/LBsr.
70Brent PugaG/DTsr.
74Chris HernandezT/DTjr.
78Tevin WilsonT/DTsr.
79Dexter DurmentC/DTsr.
80Mark CookSM/DBjr.
82Hunter HardySE/DEsr.
83Eddie GarciaSM/DBsr.
85Toney GonzalesSM/DBsr.

Victoria East

Titans

• Coach: Roland Gonzalez

• Years at current school: 1

• Years as head coach: 10

• Overall record: 43-49

• Last year's record: 7-5, 4-1 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, area

• Returning starters: OL Bo Pullin, OL Trevor Austin, WR Deondric Lofton, DL Jace Mitchell, S Chris Clark, LB Seth Christian, CB Mario Aguiano.

1Dillon LippeWRso.
2Jonathan OrtegaWRso.
3Chris ClarkSsr.
4Michael GonzalezCBjr.
5Joshua BarefieldWRjr.
6Charles DiggsRBsr.
7Albert LongoriaLBsr.
8Mario AnguianoCBsr.
9David BoydWRsr.
10Cameron SchultzQBsr.
11Dallas FrancoWRsr.
12Dylan RabSsr.
13Matt DorsettSjr.
14Kris RameyRBsr.
15Mark CavazosQBsr.
20Cameron WilliamsWRso.
21Seth ChristianLBsr.
22Anton FranklinRBjr.
23Laken WilliamsRBso.
24Ryan RamirezLBsr.
25Quinton PenaCBjr.
26Frank MolinaLBsr.
28Landon PerezCBso.
30Aaron TrevinoLBjr.
31Chad HarrisRBjr.
32Wyatt FimbelKso.
33Eric TaylorDEso.
34T.J. ClevelandLBjr.
35Taylen SledgeDEsr.
38Stephon SheltonLBso.
43Adolfo MirelesSsr.
44Brian HicknerDEjr.
45Jace MitchellDEsr.
50Ray ReyesDTjr.
53Matt BenitezOLjr.
60Thomas KennemerOLjr.
61Avery BrownOLsr.
63John ResendezDTsr.
65Guy GrantDTsr.
70Oscar GarciaDLsr.
71Trevor AustinOLsr.
72Jace BaldarezDTjr.
73Shelton FarleyDTsr.
75Bo PullinOLjr.
76Matthew GranzOLjr.
80Deondric LoftonWRjr.
81Trent WhitleyWRso.
88Trey RossWRso.
90Matt HallDTsr.

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