Calhoun defense's next big task is G-P running back
Gregory-Portland Wildcats at Calhoun Sandcrabs
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sandcrab Stadium, Port Lavaca
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PORT LAVACA - Calhoun linebacker Marcus Klamm hasn't forgotten the last time the Sandcrabs played Gregory-Portland.
Klamm was tackling running back Devin Bisby and suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss the next game.
"I sprained my ankle because I tackled him wrong," Klamm said. "It made me look bad."
Klamm will get another chance to perfect his technique on Bisby when Calhoun (5-0, 2-0) and Gregory-Portland (6-0, 2-0) square off for the outright District 30-4A lead Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sandcrab Stadium.
Bisby, a junior, comes into the game as the district's leading rusher, having carried 126 times for 973 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's also caught six passes for 25 yards and has accounted for more than 43 percent of the Wildcats' yardage.
"Devin is an awesome football player," said Calhoun defensive coordinator Cory McFall. "He should be a Division I athlete in a couple of years. I've seen him at powerlifting meets. He's one of the best if not the best running back in the state of Texas. I know (Calhoun's) Cory Williams would like to argue about that. I give him all the credit in the world and that's a big challenge trying to stop him."
The Calhoun defense was up to the task last season, limiting Bisby to 65 yards on his 13 carries and one touchdown in a 40-19 win.
"He is a downhill runner," McFall said. "That's not to say he cannot make moves in the open field. We need to get to him before he gets going. We're going to try and apply a lot of pressure. We need to get two or three guys on him and not expect one person to bring him down."
The Calhoun defense has done a good job of gang tackling this season.
Klamm has led the way with 54 tackles, including four tackles for losses, while causing two fumbles and recovering one.
"What I've seen from our defense is we've stepped up so much," Klamm said. "People usually focus on our offense. They are always in the newspapers. We always come out and do our thing too. We're happy to get noticed."
Calhoun's defense earned the attention when it opened district play with a 17-0 win over Calallen, the first time the Wildcats had been shut out in the regular season since 1985.
"That was something we certainly didn't expect," McFall said. "We probably shouldn't have shut them out. They did miss a field goal and have a touchdown called back, but we'll take it. They're far and few between."
Calhoun surrendered 21 points in last week's win over Tuloso-Midway, although one of the touchdowns came on a kickoff return.
"If somebody had told me we were going to be undefeated and have a shutout against Calallen, I'd have taken it," McFall said. "It doesn't mean we're anywhere near close to where we want to be. We've got a lot of work to be done. We're still giving up some points and some yards that I'd rather not happen."
Gregory-Portland presents the next test and Klamm is anxious to wipe out some bad memories.
"He's quick, he has a lot of speed, he has a lot of strength," Klamm said of Bisby. "He's a really strong running back. He injured me last year and now we'll see what this year brings. I've come back bigger, faster and stronger."