Rumors of Calallen’s demise are greatly exaggerated. And going into Friday’s game against the Wildcats, Alice is treating the defending district champs accordingly.
Eliminate a handful of untimely turnovers in their two losses, and Alice is playing possibly an unbeaten Calallen team instead of one that’s only won a game.
“They’ve got a really good football team,” Davis said.
“People are acting like they’ve died and gone to Heaven. They’ve got a good team, and the only reason they’re 1-2 is because of turnovers. They’re not any less talented than they’ve been in the past. If they didn’t have any turnovers, they’d be 3-0.”
Calallen lost their season opener to Edcouch-Elsa, 14-7. After rebounding against Gregory-Portland, the Wildcats then lost 35-19 to Los Fresnos Friday night. Turnovers have been the underlying theme in Calallen’s two losses. The Wildcats committed a total of 11 turnovers.
Calallen coach Phil Danaher said combine all the turnovers with some inexperience and injuries, and it’s made for a tough time.
"We just haven’t played very well," Danaher said. "So far, we’re minus-nine in turnovers. We certainly haven’t played well enough to be a very good team. If we continue doing that, we’re not going to be in a winning situation.”
Although Calallen has won its last 12 District 31-4A games dating back to 2005 and has won all 16 of its games against Alice dating back to 1992, Danaher said the Coyotes are the better team going into Friday’s game.
"We’re gonna have to play a near-perfect football game, because Alice has played well," he said. "They’ve executed well. They’re very solid defensively and very sound.
“They have a tendency to jump out early, so we’re going to have to play good defense and try to shoot down their throwing game and their running game and their special teams. Alice is just very good all around.”
Alice has won three straight and has put up impressive numbers along the way. It would be easy to feel like an overwhelming favorite against the Wildcats, but that’s simply not the case.
“I?think we’re grounded,” Davis said. “Our kids are focused. They’re not thinking Calallen isn’t good. I?promise you that. I?think what they’re thinking is that we’ve got a good football team… let’s go play and see what happens. We know (Calallen)?is good. Our kids know (Calallen)?is good. They aren’t taking them lightly.”