Castleberry football is finding its form

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Going on their third coach in three years and lacking a playoff tradition, Castleberry might have turned in their biggest victory in years last week.

The Lions (3-3, 1-0 in District 6-3A) went on the road to defeat Mineral Wells 24-21, a team they have struggled with to compete in the past.

“Getting that win off the bat was a real joy and a big lift for our kids,” said first-year head coach Sandro Cantu who was promoted from defensive coordinator in the off season. “It’s exciting and the kids love it. It’s a good feeling, but we know we still have work to do.”

The victory not only equaled the Lions win total of a year ago, but put themselves in position with one more district win to earn one of the four playoff spots in the six-team district.

“We knew Mineral Wells had a good team and would be a tough game,” Cantu said. “It’s a little relief, but these kids want more. Now that we’ve got that win off our backs, the kids haven’t said 'OK, we can relax.' A lot of them were ready to go on Saturday morning.”

Running the offense which changed from the spread into a slot offense has been quarterback Dakota Wright. He along with Christian Cardona and Alex Scallion have done most of the damage on offense.

“We decided to go ahead and change the offense into something that was more suited for our kids that we have,” Cantu said. “We hired Mike Rios from Liberty Hill and he’s come in and done a great job. In all honestly we run the ball 97 percent of the time and try to control the clock and keep their defense off the field. Our goal is to keep the game close to the fourth quarter and give ourselves a chance to win.”

To continue to be successful, Cantu knows his team has to get more consistent.

“Our special teams have hurt us in two of the last three games,” he said. “We’re going to get that worked out this week though. You can’t afford to let teams back in the game on returns when you have them down. We’ve also got to cut down on our penalties and if we can do that I think we will be OK.”

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