SAN ANTONIO — The old football cliche rang true Friday night. Defense wins championships. In Calallen’s case, their defense is sending the Wildcats to the Class 4A, Div. II state championship.

Playing unbeaten College Station in the the San Antonio Alamodome Friday night, the Wildcats won the state semifinal playoff match-up thanks to two late fourth-down stands to finally stop the Cougars and preserve a 31-30 victory.

The victory is the Calallen program’s second in 11 appearances in the state semifinals. The Wildcats are playing in AT&T Stadium in Arlington Friday against the state’s top-ranked 5A squad, Aledo.

The Wildcats were sitting on a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter with College Station facing a fourth-and-shot at midfield. That’s when linebacker Rayce Deal made a key stop by bringing down Cougar quarterback Marquez Perez. The Cougars had another possession near midfield with just over a minute left in the game. They were again faced with a fourth-down play, fourth and 2 at the Wildcat 45-yard line. This time, it was Heath Thomas and Lawrence Mann who stopped the College Station quarterback short of a first down.

Offensively, the Wildcats were led by quarterback Gaige Lamb and Alec Brown. Between the two, they totaled 301 yards of offense.