When he’s at home, Isaac Chambers has a lot of tools at his disposal when he works on his family farm just outside of Galveston.
On the football field, the Lewis Cass quarterback has a lot of weapons to attack opposing defenses.
The No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A is loaded with talent at the skill positions.
Chambers runs the show at quarterback and is having a big senior season. He has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,443 yards. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is 19-to-0.
He has come a long way in his football career and has put in the time to be successful. In fact he’s a success story in that he nor his coaches ever gave up on him despite the fact that he wasn’t the Kings’ starting quarterback at any level until his junior season. He did rotate in at quarterback as a sophomore along with Brady Johnson and Casey Crozier.
“In middle school and freshman year I was pretty small,” said Chambers, who is now 6-1, 189 pounds. “I wasn’t strong at all, I wasn’t fast — well, I’m still not very fast. But I’ve improved a lot. I’ve got in the weight room and I’ve gotten a little bit faster and been able to play.”
Chambers was busy this summer with football and basketball. In fact, he threw the football so much that he developed a little bit of tendinitis in his right throwing arm that went away by the start of the season.
“I was throwing and working with my guys in the summer, so that helps a lot with chemistry,” he said.
His work ethic did not drop off when the season began.
“I put in a lot of time. I put about 6-8 hours of film each week, which is a lot. I look through their coverages and everything throughout the week,” he said.
Chambers’ job at quarterback entails distributing the ball to the Kings’ athletes.
“We’ve got bunch of weapons. We’ve got Easton [Good] who’s tall and fast. We’ve got [Caden] Zeck who’s speedy. We’ve got Joey [Humphrey] who’s a tank. We’ve got Gabe [Eurit] who can do everything. We’ve got other guys who can fill in when needed too,” Chambers said.
Eurit is the team’s main workhorse. The 5-9, 162-pound senior has carried the ball 183 times for 1,349 yards (7.4 per carry) and 28 touchdowns.
He’s also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, as he has 20 receptions for 389 yards (19.5 per reception) and 6 TDs.
Eurit said he has not been timed running a 40-yard dash in a long time but has been told he could be right around 4.5 seconds. Whatever is the case, he and Zeck have big-time speed.
“Me and Zeck are pretty foot to foot,” Eurit said of if they were to race against each other.
Zeck has rushed for 624 yards (8.8 per carry) and 8 TDs. He also has 13 catches for 401 yards (30.9 per reception) and 4 TDs.
Good is also a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. He has rushed for 302 yards (8.4 per carry) and 3 TDs and has 12 catches for 261 yards (23.7 per reception) and 5 TDs.
Humphrey has 20 catches for 469 yards (23.5 per reception) and 5 TDs and is also a key blocker in the run game.
As good as the Kings are in football, there’s a chance that none of them will go on to play in college. Good is set to play baseball on scholarship at Miami of Ohio. Humphrey is going the small-school route to play baseball and is getting a good deal to play at John A. Logan College, a JUCO in southern Illinois. Chambers plans to attend Purdue and afterwards help run the family farm. Zeck might not play sports in college. Eurit might end up playing football or baseball, he said.
“I love both football and baseball, so whichever one I have a better opportunity in. Maybe not any of them. Whatever happens,” Eurit said.
But the athletes help make the Kings a great high school football team.
“I think the reason for that is we’re all aggressive, we like to get after it,” Eurit said. “We like to go out there and hit. A lot of people don’t think this, but I really think the more physical team wins and comes out on top. I think we’re just physical.”
The Kings’ linemen up front are also getting the job done to make the offense go.
The Kings also play a brand of ironman football, as many of the players just turn around and play defense and don’t even leave the field for special teams as well.
“We’ve got a good handful of kids who don’t leave the field,” Eurit said.
“Over the summer we’d meet up here Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, two times a week or three times a week, we’d lift and condition. A lot of us have put a lot of time into it and it’s shown.”
Cass coach Jeff Phillips has enjoyed coaching a special group.
“Caden Zeck, Gabe Eurit, Easton Good, Joey Humphrey, Kian Meister has been coming on as of late. We’ve got some speed guys, then we’ve got a quarterback back there that can get them the ball and not only gets them the ball, he’s done a great year all year long protecting the football. I think he’s got 19 touchdown passes now with zero interceptions. We want to win the field position battle and we want to win the turnover battle. With Isaac back there we’ve been able to do that with the turnovers,” Phillips said.
Meister, a junior. plays wingback and wide receiver and is also a key blocker, and junior Tyson Johnson, a fulltime defensive player, can rotate in at wide receiver.
The Kings (10-1) host No. 12 LaVille (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the sectional championship game. Cass has won seven sectional titles in football, the last coming in 2012.
Cass and LaVille have one common opponent in Pioneer. LaVille lost to Pioneer 36-14 in Week 3, while Cass defeated Pioneer 28-22 in Week 1 and 43-8 in their sectional opener.
“LaVille is a good football team. Obviously if you win nine games you’re a good football team,” Phillips said. “Offensively they’ve got some weapons, they’ve got some speed. We’ve been working this week on our pursuit angles. On their perimeter plays we need to make sure we get it contained and not over-run the ball because their backs, including their quarterback, they will cut it across the grain. So I think pursuit and correct pursuit angles are going to be big for us.
“I think field position is going to be important, and they’ve got a kicker who has given them great field position most of the year. So we’ve got to win the field position battle, we’ve got to get great returns on the deep kicks, both punts and kickoffs, as well as we’ve got to do a better job on our kickoff coverage, so that’s been a point of emphasis for us this week as well.”