SAN ANTONIO — Midway through Saturday afternoon, the Calallen Wildcats found themselves in a unique situation. For the first time this season, the Wildcats were trailing by 14 points.

It was halftime, and the Kerrville Tivy Antlers led, 24-10, in the San Antonio Alamodome. However, these Wildcats aren’t easily taken down, and they proved that again in the second half. The Wildcats shrugged off the first half and came back and rallied for 21 unanswered points in the second half and won, 31-24.

For a Calallen team which has won 13-straight games by an average of 49-12, Saturday’s decision was their closest of the season. However, it was more than enough to push the Wildcats to the Class 5A, Div. II regional finals where they will face unbeaten Austin McCallum. McCallum defeated Alice, 33-8, earlier in the afternoon.

Saturday’s game was a tale of two distinct halves. Tivy dominated the first half. Quarterback Karson Valverde rushed for 180 yards in the first two quarters. Calallen answered the call in the second half. They shut down the Antlers and held Valverde to only 18 yards in the second half.

Meanwhile, Calallen running back totaled 183 yards on 29 carries. He also scored all three of the Wildcats’ second half touchdowns.

Quarterback Colton Duff threw for 55 yards and rushed for 79. Running back Zach Hawkins had 55 in receiving and 59 in rushing.