Five things to watch at Friday's West-Calhoun game
Calhoun rolls into Memorial Stadium on Friday looking to remain undefeated as it faces a Victoria West team looking to pick itself up off the mat after last week's loss to Victoria East. Here are five things to watch Friday:
Stopping the Sandcrabs:
Calhoun ran all over Gregory-Portland in a 46-15 victory Oct. 12. The Sandcrabs ran for 458 yards and averaged 8.9 yards per carry. Through three District 30-4A games the Sandcrabs have averaged 367.3 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns. They will face a Victoria West team that allowed Victoria East to run for 296 yards and four rushing touchdowns last week.
Who's on first?:
Calhoun has outscored opponents 61-4 in the first quarter. Gregory-Portland and Corpus Christi Carroll each got two points. Victoria West's formula for winning has been to grab an early lead and take teams out of rhythm offensively. The Warriors have outscored opponents 48-28 in the first quarter this year. The two times Leonard McAngus' team did not lead after 12 minutes were against Lockhart and against Victoria East, the two games the Warriors lost.
The magic number:
Victoria West ran for 247 yards against Victoria East in its 54-48 loss, breaking a four-game streak of accruing 250 yards on the ground. Garrett Rother and Qualian Bryant may not have the stats that some of the players in the Calhoun backfield have produced, but the two have combined for 16 of the Warriors' 22 rushing touchdowns this year. West has won all six games in school history when running for 250, or more yards.
Get there early:
The first quarter of Calhoun's Sept. 28 contest against Calallen was over in 18 minutes. Friday's first quarter may not take much longer. Victoria West and Calhoun run dramatically different offenses, but both teams are devoutly dedicated to running the football. The Warriors average 37.5 carries per game and the Sandcrabs average 48.8 rushes.
Half a hundred:
Calhoun has played Victoria teams 10 times over the past 20 years. The Sandcrabs have won six of those contests. However, they have won three straight against VISD foes while scoring 50 points in all three contests.