KINGSVILLE - The Calallen Wildcats scored their second-straight 10-0 regular season after beating the H.M. King Brahmas Friday night at Javelina Stadium.
Calallen celebrated its victory before the game ended, showering Coach Phil Danaher with Gatorade.
"I feel pretty wet and cold right now," Danaher said. "I didn't think they would get me and they did."
Quarterback Jeramie Marek played more like a running back, rushing for a game-high 155 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed five of seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
"A lot of the credit goes to the offensive linemen," Marek said. "Without them, I would have no running room."
Without their breakout running back, Kyle Cantu, H.M. King relied on Artaveus Hayes to run the ball.
Hayes was coming off an injury but after rushing 116 yards, he looked to be back in top form.
Kingsville's quarterback Randy Vega threw for 161 yards and a touchdown despite only completing nine of his 27 passes.
During the opening drive, the Brahmas brought the ball all the way to the Wildcat 6-yard line. On second-and-goal, Calallen's Jordan John sacked Vega seven yards giving them a third-and long possession.
H.M. King settled for a field goal after failing to convert on third down.
The Brahmas had the early lead, 3-0.
Calallen began its first possession at the 30-yard line as both Marek and tailback Bryden McClure executed a 70-yard drive towards the end zone, giving the Wildcats the lead, 6-3, after the point-after attempt was blocked.
Later in the second quarter, Calallen had the ball at its 42-yard line on third-and eight.
Marek executed the screen pass to receiver Matthew Garza who ran 48 yards to the Brahma 10-yard line. McClure found the end zone from the 1-yard line as the Wildcats began to pull away with a 14-3 lead after converting the two-point attempt.
Kingsville kicker Kevin Rule connected on field goal with 2:40 left, and Calallen headed into halftime with a 14-6 lead.
After a chop-block offensive penalty late in the second quarter, H.M. King had a second-and-25 at their own 45-yard line when Vega launched a 42-yard pass to receiver Nick Garcia, but time ran out as Garcia failed to get out of bounds.
Marek was almost untouched at the running game in the second half.
On first-and-10 at the Wildcat 44-yard line, Marek blew past the defense for a 56-yard touchdown run, giving Calallen a 20-6 lead after missing another point-after attempt.
Nearing the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats were up 28-6.
After Marek threw an interception to H.M. King's Travis King, the Brahmas gained possession of the ball.
At the Calallen 20-yard line, Vega scrambled around looking for a receiver and threw a prayer that was answered by receiver Larry Ochoa for an H.M. King touchdown.
The Wildcats were up, 28-13, with 11:50 left in the game.
On first-and-goal at the Brahma 9-yard line, Marek threw a screen pass to Garza who found the end zone for another Calallen touchdown, giving them a 35-13 lead.
"We played a good team tonight, and we played well," Danaher said. "We felt like they had so much talent and speed that we wanted to pound them and take a little bit of life out of their legs."
With the win, Calallen plays Mercedes Tigers in the opening round of the playoffs.
"I think we could [win state]," Danaher said. "We can't make mistakes like we had against some of the teams we played and come back. We have to play from the opening kickoff to the final whistle in order to be successful."
The game will be played at Wildcat Stadium Friday at 8 p.m.