Calhoun stays unbeaten, routs G-P
PORT LAVACA - Cory Williams spent most of the week listening to people talk about Gregory-Portland running back Devin Bisby.
Williams did his talking once he got on the field.
Williams rushed 162 yards and four touchdowns, while putting on a hitting clinic from his linebacker position to lead Calhoun to a 46-15 District 30-4A win on Friday night at Sandcrab Stadium.
Calhoun improved to 6-0 and 3-0 in district with its 20th straight regular-season win and 12th consecutive win at Sandcrab Stadium and took over sole possession of the district lead in the process.
"The thing I told them after the game is we've had three tremendous weeks of work this year -- the week before Carroll, the week before Calallen and the week before G-P," said Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker. "If they'll just look at that and say this is what we can do if we prepare well we can come out and always play well."
Williams got the message. He carried 28 times and scored on runs of 5, 9 and 20 yards in the first half, and 5 yards in the third quarter.
"We run an offense where we're moving the ball around to a lot of people," Whitaker said. "I know their quarterback carries the ball quite a bit, but No. 4 carries it a whole lot. And 22 (Williams) doesn't get the carries that he does.
"I know all week long that's in the back of his mind. When you get an opportunity to come out on the field and No. 4 Bisby is outstanding. That guy is tremendous. He is going to be a great collegiate football player. But 22 is a good football player too and I think it was a good challenge for him tonight to come out and show that he can play also."
Williams had five runs of 10 yards or more and failed to pick up yardage on only one carry, when he was stopped for no gain.
"I didn't take it personal," Williams said. "I know Bisby's a good player. I ran track against him last year and I played track against him last year and I know he's a fast kid and a strong kid. I mean he went to state in powerlifting. I knew what to expect. He ran and he got yards, but in the end it's a team effort."
Bisby carried 35 times for 201 yards, but had a fumble that led to Calhoun's third touchdown and did not get into the end zone.
"We did (gang tackle) and sometimes it didn't help," Whitaker said. "He shredded bodies all over the field. He's a strong kid. He's a strong runner. I thought our kids played hard and hung in there and a great team effort."
Calhoun quarterback Hunter Boerm had 11 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown, Brandon Smithwick added six carries for 90 yards and one touchdown and Devian Cantu had two carries for 79 yards and one touchdown.
The Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) only score before the fourth quarter came when Ruben Martinez returned a blocked extra point after Calhoun's first touchdown to the end zone.
"As a team we showed the no one dominant running back can defeat us," Williams said. "As long as we have a team effort I don't care how good the running back is or how good the quarterback is it takes a team effort to beat another team. A team effort can never be overpowered."
Williams collided with Bisby in the first quarter and admitted the collision left him a little woozy. But it didn't stop him from breaking tackle after tackle or slamming into Bisby to stop him for no gain from the Calhoun 2-yard line in the third quarter.
After the game, Williams couldn't decide which part of the game he enjoyed more.
"That's a tough one," he said. "I like laying licks on people and I like running the ball."