Sandcrabs ready to show fans what the buzz is about
By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 9, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.
Richard Whitaker likes to joke that Alex Trevino is a freshman. Of course he is not, but since he has played more than 40 games for the Calhoun football program, the senior linebacker has become one of the leaders of a much-improved defense this year.
After a pair of convincing road victories, Trevino and the rest of the Sandcrabs Class of 2012 will have their home opener in front of their expectant fans Friday in Port Lavaca against winless Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway.
"We have a lot of guys who are playing really big right now," Whitaker said of his defense. "Alex and Nick McCrory. Both of them have started as freshmen. Both of them are really big leaders for us out there.
"They understand what they are seeing on the field and get everyone else lined up correctly. When things are going bad they pick everyone's head up and when things are going good, they are rallying their teammates."
McCrory leads Calhoun with 21 tackles and three sacks from defensive end. Trevino has an interception, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.
In Calhoun's convincing win over Corpus Christi Ray last week, McCrory blocked an extra point that was returned 107 yards for two points by Oklahoma commitment Daniel Brooks. The return was the second longest in state history according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
"It's always exciting playing here in Port Lavaca," Whitaker said. "We do have a great fan base. Our kids are excited about coming home and being in front of our home crowd and seeing who will come out and support us this week. We do make a big deal out of the home opener for our seniors, so it will be an exciting night for those guys."
If statistics tell anything it should also be a good one to watch for Sandcrabs fans. The Warriors allow 45 points per contest. Of the 333 yards per game they are allowing, 188 of those are on the ground.
Nevertheless, Calhoun prefers to focus on the things they can change, not their opponents. Whether it's eliminating penalties and turnovers on offense, or not allowing late touchdowns due to miscommunications on defense there is plenty Whitaker believes his team can improve upon.
"We feel if we take care of ourselves and do what we are supposed to do, everything will work out in the long run."