Titans, Warriors, Sandcrabs seek first district win
Oct. 3, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.
For four weeks, Deondric Lofton looked forward to being back with his teammates and helping Victoria East win games.
The senior made his season debut last week in a 29-28 loss to Tuloso-Midway that saw the wide receiver catch three passes for 75 yards.
"It feels good to be back on the football field," Lofton said. "We came out in the second half a little flat. If we fix that, I think we'll be pretty good."
Lofton did not play in the Titans' first four games.
Now, the Titans (1-3, 0-1) will try to avoid an 0-2 start in District 30-4A play when they host Gregory-Portland (3-2, 1-0).
While glad to have his senior back on the field, Gonzalez recognized the nature of Friday's game.
"The emphasis of practice is getting better and stopping Devin Bisby," Gonzalez said. "The objective is always the same; the names just change."
Bisby leads District 30-4A in rushing with 778 yards and will hope to keep Wildcats perfect in district play.
"With a running back like him, we have to rally to the ball and gang tackle him," Gonzalez said. "We're anticipating getting over the hump this week."
The Titans have been outscored this season 162-102. Friday, the Titans hope to get over the difficulty of scoring with their team at full strength.
"We definitely came out and played a better brand of football last week," Gonzalez said. "We're glad we've gotten some of our players back."
Reality sank in for the Sandcrabs last week at the hands of undefeated Calallen.
The Sandcrabs (4-1, 0-1) had their 27-game regular-season winning streak end, but the season is far from over.
Before playing the Wildcats, Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker said last Friday's game would not stop the team's goal of going to the playoffs.
"Does it change the outcome of the season? No. Absolutely not," he said. "Ultimately, there's a lot of football left."
The Sandcrabs will host Tuloso-Midway on Friday night.
The Warriors (3-1) have sat comfortably this week as they get ready to play Beeville (0-5, 0-1) in their first district game.
After having a week off, the Warriors - winners of two straight games - will open district on the road against Beeville.
The Warriors have momentum going for them. After a delay, the Warriors had to play on a Saturday against Bay City but left victorious 35-21.
For the Trojans, after going winless in their non-district schedule and losing their first district game, the goal is to not fall to 0-2 in district play.