4A schools eyeing start of district play (VIDEO)
Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.
Going into week two of the season, the 4A Crossroads teams have struggled to win.
Both Victoria East and Victoria West suffered losses on the road, while Beeville was defeated at home.
Calhoun, meanwhile, remains undefeated.
The Sandcrabs don't have much to complain about thus far. They've fended off opponents and kept their 25-game regular-season win streak alive.
But for Sandcrabs coach Richard Whitaker, there's always room for improvement.
In their first game, the Sandcrabs were down in the fourth quarter against Corpus Christi Carroll but pulled out the win.
"We were very sloppy," Whitaker said. "The second week, we cleaned up a lot of things."
Since that game, Whitaker has been impressed with what he's seen on the offensive side of the ball.
Defensively, however, the Sandcrabs have not been as dominant as in years past. They've allowed 153 and 253 total yards in each of their games but hope to lower that as the season progresses.
"We certainly try to stop the run game," Whitaker said. "Last week, we gave up a couple of more runs. We certainly focus on the run every game each week."
Titans coach Roland Gonzalez said the team wants to improve, and he wants to get them there.
But they'll have to do it without wide receiver Deondric Lofton, who has sat out the Titans' first two games of the season. Gonzalez had no comment on Lofton's return date.
Going into their third game of the season, the Titans hope to break up a five-game losing streak that began last season.
"The mood has been very positive with a sense of urgency, and the urgency is that the intensity level has got to improve in order for us to get better," Gonzalez said. "The kids are responding extremely well to that need."
The Titans have given up 98 points in their last two games but did hold San Marcos to 38 points last week. However, since last season, the Titans have allowed 30 points or more in nine consecutive games.
"The kids have responded well to the direction that we are pointing them in," Gonzalez said. "We're excited about this week's game."
Trojans coach Jimmie Mitchell understood that turning his team around would not be just one simple step.
This season, the first-year coach has six seniors on the team, and the process of building the program is still in progress.
"We're really young," Mitchell said. "We're getting better each week. It's definitely a rebuilding process. The first two games, we've made a lot of inexperience mistakes."
The Trojans will take on Cuero this week and hope to build from the lessons Mitchell has explained to his team.
"We got to stop turning the ball over," Mitchell said. "Our main focus day in and day out is getting better. Getting them confident every week is what we got to focus on."
Since their loss to Cuero, the Warriors have bounced back and responded well in practice, coach Leonard McAngus said.
After allowing 353 yards rushing to the Gobblers, McAngus has talked with the team about improvements that need to be made.
"Cutting down on the mental mistakes is probably our biggest deal right now, but we're getting there," McAngus said. "We're just getting started."
When the Warriors played the Gobblers on Friday, West failed to convert points near the end zone.
Offensively, the Warriors have done well.
"We've averaged 30 points a game, but I think we can be better," McAngus said. "We've got to be able to run the ball, but I think we can throw the ball, too. Tony (Navarro) has proven that he can do that, and we have a host of good receivers."
The Warriors will be playing with offensive linemen Jeremiah Sodia. The junior did not play the first two games because of an injury.