The Calallen Wildcats are the type of team that doesn’t give opponents many breaks.
However, in the first minutes of Thursday night’s game against the Alice Coyotes, they handed the home team a gift. After forcing a punt on the Coyotes’ first possession, the punt sailed into coverage and rolled into a Calallen player. The live ball rolled around before Alice recovered it at the 33-yard line.
The Coyotes moved to the 10-yard line, but the Wildcats stepped up and forced a turnover on downs.
The rest of the way was pretty much all Wildcats.
Calallen, seemly improving with each passing game, managing to shut Alice once-potent offense down while running wild offensively in 49-16 runaway victory.
The Wildcats’ win sets up a regular-season finale against Port Lavaca-Calhoun Friday for the District 15-5A, Div. II championship. For Alice, the loss dropped the team to 4-5 for the season.
Calallen responded with a quick drive on its next possession. Senior running back A.J. Brown finished the series with a three-yard scoring run.
The second quarter is when the Wildcats opened things up. Behind a solid offensive line, Calallen marched up and down the field for a four-yard score by Jarrett Garza, a 31-yard touchdown run by Shenan Price and a one-yard run by Brown.
Price began the second half with a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter. The Wildcats scored twice more on a 16-yard run by brown and an eight-yard run by Alex Medina.
Price ended the game with 191 yards on eight carries. Brown had 96 yards on 10 carries.
Alice scored twice in the second half on run by quarterback Isaiah Aguilar. He scored on a run of 10 yards in the third quarter and a run of 12 yards in the fourth quarter. Aguilar completed a two-point conversion on a pass to Waylon Moore.
Running back Ismael Cantu had 110 rushing on 14 carries.