Bargas has big night for Calhoun against Cuero
By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 16, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.
CUERO - Calhoun quarterback Joseph Bargas noticed how the Cuero defense was playing against the option when he watched the teams' sub-varsity games.
"From our JV and freshman games, they were running out to the pitch," Bargas said. "So going into the game, I knew I would run the ball a little, but not this much."
Bargas carried 25 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sandcrabs to a 35-0 win Friday night at Gobbler Stadium.
"I know this was a big game for our community," said Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker. "I told the kids it has nothing to do with what goals we've set this year, but it certainly was a big ballgame and we wanted to play well for our community."
The Sandcrabs, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, improved to 4-0 while ending a nine-game losing streak to Cuero dating back to 1961. The Gobblers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 2002.
Bargas scored Calhoun's first touchdown on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, and added touchdown runs of 66 and 21 yards in the second half.
"The defense dictates a lot what happens and they were sending somebody to the pitch quite often and that allowed Joe to run the football," Whitaker said. "You have to take what they give you.
"Last year we felt like they ran to the pitch pretty good. We didn't pitch the ball very much. Our sub-varsity games they were pretty much doing the same thing. You've still got to take what they give you, but that had been the trend so we were preparing to get the ball in his hands."
Bargas led a Calhoun rushing attack that produced 423 yards and averaged over 8 yards per attempt. He had five runs of over 10 yards and only one that resulted in negative yardage.
"Joseph has had a lot of great games," Whitaker said. "There's a lot of pressure on that quarterback running my system and probably even more than somebody throwing the football. The decisions have to be made like split second and he does a great job of it. If you go back and look we probably put him at a 95 percent average and that's pretty dang good."
Bargas had 50 percent of Calhoun's carries and produced nearly half of its total offense.
"We were supposed to have him a couple of different times and had a little breakdown in assignments," said Cuero coach Rick Owens. "He got loose. He's a good player. He's been running that offense for a long time and he does a good job of it."
Cuero managed only 111 yards of offense, including 15 total yards and two first downs in the second half. The Gobblers were shut out for the first time since 1997.
Calhoun forced three turnovers, interceptions by Nick McCrory and Jakorious Williams and a fumble recovery by Marcus Klamm.
Cuero's only possession inside the Calhoun 20 came after a fumble recovery by Seth Thamm in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Stoney Schoenfeld was intercepted on the next play.
"Our defense has stepped up big all year long, but I thought tonight was probably the best game they've played yet," Whitaker said. "We had our backs to the wall a couple of times and they didn't break. Last week we were scoring on defense and tonight we just played solid defense and that's great."