The Calallen Wildcats downed the Rockport-Fulton Pirates 28-13 Friday night.
The Pirates were first to receive the ball and quickly scored in only the first few minutes of the game as Rockport-Fulton's Alex Willis ran for 50 yards and a touchdown, putting the Pirates on top 7-0.
Calallen refused to stay down long as quarterback Jeramie Marek ran for the keeper for a 30-yard touchdown to tie it up, 7-7.
With Rockport-Fulton in possession of the ball, the drive was cut short as they fumbled and turned over the ball to Calallen just as the first quarter ended.
It only took one play for Wildcat receiver Logan Verrett to catch a 38-yard touchdown from Marek, putting Calallen on top, 14-7.
The Pirates couldn't get anywhere after being sacked and stuffed three more plays to turn over the ball to the Wildcats on their own 45.
But the Calallen offense didn't fare much better on their possession as the ball was intercepted on their second play, turning the ball back over to the Pirates on the Wildcat 45-yard line.
It was a defensive game as the Pirates were also quickly forced to punt putting the ball at the Wildcats' 10.
The Pirates came up with another interception at mid-field, this time from Chris Simmons as he ran the ball back to the 12 yard-line.
This time the Pirates were able to produce a good drive.
On their second play of the possession, Colby Witt shot for an open gap in mid-field and ran 10 yards and a touchdown.
The Pirates tried to go for the two-point conversion, but failed.
With the Wildcats having passing trouble and the Pirates did not do much either as the half ended with Calallen leading Rockport-Fulton, 14-13.
The Wildcats would receive to begin the second half as the offense would start from their own 33.
Marek was there again to run the ball around the left side for 50 yards.
After a personal foul from the Pirates, the Wildcats had the ball at the Pirates' 22-yard line.
It was Marek again, a few plays later, this time as a running back, as Marek took a pitch around the right side for three yards putting the Cats ahead 21-13 four minutes into the third quarter.
The Pirates would receive the ball just to find a different Calallen defense as Rockport-Fulton found nowhere to go and the Pirates turned over the ball on downs.
The Pirates got another chance, however, as the ball was tipped and intercepted by Rockport-Fulton's Jack Logan to end the third quarter.
The Pirate offense still could not find a way to get past the Calallen defensive line and punted on fourth down.
Calallen was now focused on running down the clock and they did it very successfully.
Marek averaged four yards rushing per play. The Wildcats were finally stopped at the Pirates' 20-yard line with fourth down and nine yards to go.
The Wildcats found Verrett again, this time for a 20-yard catch for a touchdown.
Verrett had a very productive night gaining 109 yards on just five receptions with two touchdowns.
Marek worked both the air and the ground, going 12-for-14 for 139 yards in the air with two touchdowns, and rushing the ball 20 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
"I usually don't run that much but our linemen did some great blocking and really helped push our runs," Marek said. "I think the reason it was so close in the first half though is we came out with a little bit of the jitters as this was their homecoming and that took so long but we pulled out with a win."
The Calallen Wildcats will play in Portland against the Gregory-Portland Wildcats Friday
Kickoff is at 7:30.
"It was a victory but it took some work and we were thin there for a bit," Calallen head coach Phil Danaher said. "We got to get well and healthy, we had six players out but on the bright side we had some great players step up in some backup positions. I have to say with only four punts in three weeks, it shows we are putting the ball in the end-zone."
With the win, the Wildcats remain the only undefeated team left in District 31-4A after the Alice Coyotes fell to the Gregory-Portland Wildcats, Friday.