CALALLEN — The old football adage rang true Thursday night in District 30-5A’s first interzone title game.

It’s said that defense wins championships, and in the highly-anticipated match-up between the Calallen Wildcats and Flour Bluff Hornet, defense indeed won a championship. It also had a hand in setting a statewide coaching record.

The Wildcats defeated their old nemesis 31-7 Thursday night in Wildcats Stadium. As the district’s district’s top-seed, Calallen will face Uvalde in the bi-district round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Calallen defense stepped up and shutdown a pretty potent Flour Bluff offense. Other than seven first-quarter points, the Hornet offense was shutout in Thursday night’s contest. This is the same Flour Bluff offense which came into the title game scoring an average of some 50 a game in its last four outings.

Afterwards, Calallen head coach Phil Danaher — on the night he became Texas high school football’s all-time winningest coach, acknowledged the work of Wildcats defensive coordinator Steve Campbell.

“Steve Campbell’s defense is awesome,” Danaher said. “It always has been and always will. He shut (Flour Bluff) down.. a very good offense.”

The Hornets scored first on a , but then were held to 23 total yards and four first downs in the entire second half. Meanwhile, the Wildcats pulled away with a 21-point second half.