Boerm brothers lead Calhoun in playoffs (w/video)
Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.
PORT LAVACA - Hunter Boerm has thrown seven touchdowns in 2013.
And five of those have gone to his brother, Cameron.
When the duo connects on the field, they're nearly unstoppable.
If Hunter isn't able to move down the field in the Sandcrabs' traditional option attack, he'll take to the air. Having his brother lined up at wide receiver only makes things easier.
"During the game, when a pass play comes in, I can kind of tell it's going to be a pass play," Hunter said. "(Cameron) comes in smiling from ear to ear. Once we do connect, it's great."
In their final season together at Calhoun, the brothers hope to help the Sandcrabs (10-1) continue their playoff run when Calhoun takes on Flour Bluff (10-1) Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio in the Class 4A, Division II area playoff game.
For Hunter, playing in his final year at Calhoun has been a roller coaster. The two-year starter had to adjust quickly to various plays the Sandcrabs run while also being one of the leaders on the team.
"I had to mature really quickly," the senior recalled starting his junior year. "I had to put on my big boy pants and just do it."
Fortunately, there was always a familiar face on the sidelines. Cameron was placed on the varsity team his sophomore year.
Prior to playing on the varsity team together, the last time they were on the same team was in Little League.
"Whenever I first started my first game last year, I was a little nervous," the junior said. "But after that first game, I just felt like I belonged playing with them. It got much easier."
Sandcrabs coach Richard Whitaker has seen the growth in both players. It's what he expected.
"I know that the two have fed off each other this year," the nine-year coach said. "I know they get excited when I call a pass, especially if Cameron is on the field. But it's also special if we're running an option play, where Hunter's involved in some kind of quarterback keep where Cameron is getting excited for blocking for Hunter."
The Boerm brothers also have a cousin, Trey Ross, on the field with them. Ross is a junior wide receiver for the Sandcrabs.
Though Hunter and Cameron have enjoyed the season together, it was not too long ago where they each had their own difficulties.
"Last year was Hunter's first start for him and it was a learning process," Whitaker said. "That certainly was night and day from last year to this year in him just understanding the option game Last year, he might miss a read and I would talk to him about it. This year, when he misses a read, I don't even have to say a word. He would just go 'Aw, man.' He knows."
Whitaker has seen improvement in Cameron, which has been a result of his brother's success.
"You're always asking the young kids to look up to the older kids, and it's certainly the case here," Whitaker said. "There's a lot more on Hunter's shoulders than there is on Cameron."
With the weeks winding down, Hunter knows his last time of playing high school football is approaching.
"Once it does end, it will be heartbreaking," Hunter said. "These past two seasons have gone by so fast."
For Cameron, playing football doesn't end when Calhoun's season does. He'll have one more season, which Whitaker will hope to see improvement from the previous season.
"Next year, somebody is going to have to pick up the slack and Cameron is certainly going to be one of our returning starters on our offense."
Hunter and Cameron haven't thought about next year.
For now, they're focused on Saturday.