Sandcrabs win with 16 new starters
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PORT LAVACA - Trey Robinson could sense a difference in his teammates' demeanor after he intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown on the third play of Calhoun's season opener against Corpus Christ Carroll.
"When it I went to the sideline, a lot of the young guys they were all excited and pumped up," Robinson said. "They were like, 'You made my job a lot easier going out there and not worrying.' I felt good about it. That's my job as a leader and veteran on the team to do that."
Calhoun went on to a 41-9 win over the Tigers at Sandcrab Stadium despite playing with 16 new starters and an entirely different offensive backfield.
"We were pleasantly surprised with some things," said Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker. "We were excited about some things and obviously we've got a lot of things we've got to work on special teams being No. 1.
"Carroll really won the special teams game. But offensively and defensively I thought we controlled the front very well."
Whitaker was happy with the performance of quarterback Hunter Boerm, who was making his first varsity start.
Boerm rushed 12 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. But what pleased Whitaker the most was the Sandcrabs did not have a turnover.
"We kept things pretty simple," Whitaker said. "We had about five or six plays we were going to focus on and that's what we did and we were able to execute those plays.
"The No. 1 thing with him is that he did not fumble the ball and that was the key. I told him 'Even if you miss some things, if you take care of the football we're going to win a lot of football games.' He took care of the ball well the other night."
Boerm has played quarterback and run the option on every level at Calhoun, but noticed how much faster the game moves on the varsity level.
"It was quite a big difference from the JV level to the varsity level," Boerm said. "It was a lot faster than I expected. The hardest thing was probably knowing all the plays and trying to get everything down. You have to figure out who's the read man and who's the pitch man and things like that."
Calhoun earned three votes and was ranked No. 20 in this week's Class 4A poll.
But the Sandcrabs understand they have a lot of room for improvement starting with this week's game at La Vernia.
"From spring ball to now we've made a big jump and we just keep getting better," Robinson said. "We just have to trust each other and be coachable. We've got talent and we work hard so it ought to come gradually."
Army Strong award
East Bernard was selected as the Class 2A Army Strong Team of the Week by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine following its 49-14 season-opening win over Houston Second Baptist.
The Brahmas also won the award last season.
Cuero's Travis Reeve, Goliad's John Mares and Woodsboro's Wade Miller were winners in their head-coaching debuts at their respective schools.
Jake Wachsmuth was also a winner in his return to Shiner St. Paul after a one-year absence.
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Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.