Not many high school teams can say they’ve had as great a week as the Calallen Wildcats.
On Friday, they erased any doubt about being the best team in District 30-5A by destroying previously unbeaten Corpus Christi Ray, 34-6.
Then on Wednesday, the Wildcats’ season record improved by two wins after the University Interscholastic League State Executive Committee ruled in favor of Calallen in an appeal in Austin. Earlier this month, the District 30-5A executive committee voted against Calallen receiving a retroactive residence waiver for a player who was deemed ineligible.
These are the Calallen Wildcats the Alice Coyotes are playing Friday in Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Alice on the other game is dealing with injuries and is coming off a 13-10 heartbreaking loss to Gregory-Portland Friday night. With their hoping of playing in one of District 30-5A’s three play-in games facing, Alice would need to upset Calallen and then hope for some help around the district.
Still, Alice coach Justen Evans said he expects his team to be up for Friday’s game.
“The kids don’t need extra motivation for this week,” Evans said. “You know, historically, Alice and Calallen has always been a game where there’s not a lot of love loss so our kids really get up to playing Calallen,” Evans said.
Calallen claimed sole possession of first place in the North Zone with a convincing 34-6 blowout win against the Texans Friday.
The Wildcats reverted to their Wing-T offense and simply ate up yardage and the clock. They put together scoring drives of 62, 70, 80 and 73 yards.
The were just as impressive defensively where they had yet another outing in which they held the opposition to seven or less points.
Alec Brown led Calallen with 21 carries for 137 yards. Zach Hawkins had seven carries for 76 yards.
“They’re a good football team,” Evans said. “There’s a reason why they were picked to play in the state championship this year. They don’t have any weaknesses. Those kids do a great job over there and coach (Phil) Danaher does a great job of coaching those kids up.”