Sandcrabs offense racks up over 500 yards in win
By Jeremy Shapiro - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:13 a.m.
SOMERSET - Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker is a fan of long drives because it wears down the opposition.
In the Sandcrabs 63-42 win at Somerset Friday, Calhoun had little need for sustained drives.
Calhoun scored touchdowns on the first or second play of the offensive possession five times Friday night.
Whitaker didn't mind the quick-strikes as, above all, he likes scoring, and there was no shortage of it Friday.
The Sandcrabs scored nine touchdown on 11 possession to win its 26th consecutive regular season game.
"We didn't run a lot of plays, but I thought we executed well," Whitaker said. "Somerset plays some different defenses. They were really rolling the dice on stopping the quarterback. They left our receivers open a few times early on. People think we don't like to throw the ball, but if they are not going to cover us, we are going to throw the ball."
The Sandcrabs threw the ball three times, a fairly large number for a Whitaker coached team. The first throw was a 12-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Boerm to Trey Ross to start the Sandcrab scoring. The second was a halfback option pass where Elijah Oliver connected with a wide open Cameron Boerm for a 56-yard touchdown. That was Calhoun's fourth touchdown of the first quarter.
Calhoun (3-0) added another touchdown 36 seconds later when Dakota Ring recovered a fumble and ran it in from the Somerset 23. Calhoun led 35-14 at that point, despite taking only eight offensive snaps. They maintained a three touchdown or greater lead the rest of the evening.
"Like Somerset coach (Sonny) Detmer said, 'games like this are fun,'" Whitaker said. "As long as we are scoring, I'm having fun."
Somerset (2-1) presented several challenges for the Calhoun defense, especially the secondary.
Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. threw for 382 yards and five touchdowns. Detmer, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Koy Detmer and nephew of Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, was especially lethal scrambling around buying time for his receivers.
"Koy Detmer Jr. is a heck of a quarterback," Whitaker said. "They have a big offensive line and a big, bruising back. They are a tough offense. They are going to give people's fits all year long."
Calhoun's front seven had some success getting into the backfield. They sacked Detmer twice and forced some quick throws. Calhoun was able to tackle the receivers after modest gains for the most part.
They did, however, allow some big gains on longer pass plays. Detmer completed six passes of 20 or more yards, most to receives Justin Guerra and Rocky Reyna.
"People don't realize how much speed they have at split end," Whitaker said. "One of their receivers was a 200-meter champion. We don't have anyone that runs that fast in our secondary, so we tried to keep them in front of us as best we could."
Calhoun gained 491 yards on the ground, and had three players cross the century mark. Cory Williams led the way with 163 yards and two touchdowns coming on inside handoffs from near midfield. Brandon Smithwick added 150 yards on seven carries.
Hunter Boerm was efficient running the offense. He gained 119 yards on eight carries and Calhoun did not turn the ball, the first time that's happened in a game during the 2013 season.