Young, eager Sandcrabs open fall practices

Aug. 9, 2010 at 3:09 a.m.

The Calhoun Sandcrabs began their 2010 fall football practices with two-a-day workouts Monday.

Like many members of the Calhoun football team, Ben Bomar anticipated this day since the end of spring football.

"It feels great to be back at football," said the senior offensive lineman.

Although Calhoun head coach Richard Whitaker knows the team has a lot of work to do before their scrimmage in Houston against Houston Davis and Houston Northbrook, he was pleased with the way his team retained the instruction from spring drills and how they improved from their morning to their afternoon workout.

"The kids intensity was preety good I know their excited about being back on the field so hopefully we'll continue to improve from this."

The Sandcrabs won District 30-4A and advanced to the 4A Division II quarterfinals before losing to Kerrville Tivy last season.

Because the Sandcrabs conducted spring drills they had to start their fall workouts one week after schools like Victoria East that didn't opt for spring football.

Last season Calhoun lost only one district game en route to the championship, but the 2010 Sandcrabs are a young team and Whitaker and his staff know that the preseason is the time to evaluate, shuffle positions and see which young players will step up and fill the void left by the 16 starters that graduated last year.

"We are a young team, but we still feel like the young kids we have can be very good," Whitaker said. "We've got a lot of work to do, but we still feel we can be successful."

Although Bomar is the lone returning starter on the offensive line, the first team all-district center is confident players from last seasons junior varsity district championship and reserves from last years varsity team can excel at the varsity level.

"I feel like I've got to step up, but I feel like there are some guys on the line that are going to step up as well," Bomar said.

Replacing four starters on the offensive line on a run oriented team is never easy and Whitaker hinted at moving his all-district center to better protect whichever of his five starting quarterback contenders starts week one.

"When you lose four of your other lineman you sometimes you got to move people around to fit things better," Whitaker said.

After its scrimmage in Houston, Calhoun kicks off the regular season at Calallen against Flour Bluff on Aug. 27. The Sandcrabs home opener is Sept. 3 against Corpus Christi Ray and their district opener is Oct. 8 at Victoria East.



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