For a team that’s 12-0 and putting up the kind of numbers that they are this season, the Austin McCallum Knights are a pretty basic team. There's nothing fancy; mostly a ground-oriented offense.

Alice coach Kyle Atwood even describes the Knights’ offense as “simplistic.”

However, in the same breath, Alice’s first-year coach adds, “but what (McCallum) does, they do very well.”

Now that makes sense, especially for a squad that’s outscored the opposition by an average of, 52-16, through 12 games.

“They’re an extremely athletic team,” Atwood said. “They have a great offensive line and they’re very good. They have some weapons that can hurt you and a lot of guys with a lot of speed on offense.”

And that’s where the key match-up might be Saturday at noon when the two teams meet in the Class 5A, Div. II regional playoffs at the San Antonio Alamodome — the Knights’ speedy run offense against the Coyotes’ aggressive defense, which could be the best defense the Knights have seen this season.

McCallum has an offensive unit which relies heavily on the run. For the season, they’ve averaged about 90 percent run and some 10 percent in passing. That’s made for some big offensive rushing statistics. Senior running back Alex Julian leads the Knights in rushing with 212 carries for 2,181 yards. Senior quarterback Maxwell Perez has rushed for 1,093 yards on 114 carries and completed 42 of 82 passes for 883 yards. Junior running back Deron Gage has 75 carries for 959 yards.

As an offensive juggernaut, the Knights were simply too much for the Rosenberg Terry Rangers to keep up with a week ago in the area round of the state playoffs. The Knights scored twice in every quarter and raced to a 52-24 victory.

Perez led the way by rushing for 182 yards and 14 carries.

“They probably have a little more speed than we’ve seen this season, so I think it’s important that our defense get out there and set the edge to force everything back inside,” Atwood said. “As good as (McCallum) is offensively, we’re as good on defense. Our defense is extremely fast and very physical. That’s something that we bring to the table, and something that maybe they haven’t seen a lot of.”