The Calallen Wildcats lived up to their billing Friday night as the team to beat in these parts.

Against the Alice Coyotes Friday night, they moved the ball efficiently, put together lengthy drives and were stingy on defense. However, along the way, the Wildcats gave the Coyotes a couple of early breaks; opportunities that could have led to points.

Again, inconsistency on offense hurt the Coyotes, and two early possessions deep in Calallen’s end of the field yielded only three points.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats found their rhythm offensively and made big plays on defense and special teams for what ended up being a one-sided 48-3 victory.

For the Wildcats, the victory means they will represent the North Zone in the District 30-5A championship on the final Friday of the regular season. Calallen improved to 4-0 in zone play and 7-1 for the season. The loss for the Coyotes means their hopes of claiming third place in the North Zone standings are dashed. Alice dropped to 1-3 in zone play and 5-3 for the season.

The Coyotes were limited to 109 yards. They had three yards in rushing and 106 in passing. Alice had only seven first downs in the game.

Their first first down was their biggest of the game. On their first play from scrimmage, quarterback Andres Barrios launched a deep pass which was batted by Wildcat defenders. The ball was then caught by Alice receiver Isaac Hernandez, who reached the 17-yard line before being brought down. The Wildcats were then flagged for pass interference which gave the Coyotes a first and goal at the 7-yard line. Alice picked up just one more yard before Austin Perez kicked a 23-yard field goal.

Calallen gave Alice an opportunity a short time later when they turned the football over on the kickoff return. Justin Macias recovered the fumble at the Wildcat 21-yard line. Again, Calallen was flagged for what looked like pass interference inside the 5-yard line. However, after a short discussion, officials waved off the penalties. After not moving the ball on three plays, Alice tired a 38-yard field goal by Perez. The kick was long enough, but sailed to the left.

Eventually, the Wildcats were able to get going. On their next possession, running back Alec Brown turned a fourth-down-and-two run into a 46-yard sprint for a score with 8:28 left in the first quarter.

On the Coyotes first play of their next series, Barrios was hit and lost the ball deep in Alice’s end of the field. The ball was picked up by Calallen’s Kenese Leomiti for a touchdown.

Alice’s next possession ended quickly with a punt, and on Calallen’s first play Brown broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run, The Wildcats opted for two after an Alice pentalty on the extra point, but it failed. The Wildcats still owned a 20-3 edge in the first quarter.

The Coyotes managed a couple of stops in the second quarter. However, it was the Wildcat defense which came up with a key play before halftime. Alice recovered a Wildcats’ fumble on a punt return with under a minute left to play before halftime. They used the short field to try a 37-yard field goal, but it was blocked. The blocked kick was then picked up by Heath Thomas and returned 73-yards for a touchdown.

Leading 27-3, the Wildcats ran away with the game in the third quarter. They scored three times after halftime, including touchdown runs of one and 24 yards by quarterback Gaige Lamb. Quarterback Colton Duff also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jackson Lanam.

Calallen compiled 400 yards of offense. They rushed for 326 alone. Brown has an impressive night with nine carries for 173 yards.