For the second straight week, the Calallen faithful were hoping their team could avenge some heart-break. After their win over Dripping Springs, there was hope that the Quarterfinals would pit the 'Cats against Port Lavaca, the only team who had beaten Calallen this season. Instead, they played Kerrville-Tivy.
After defeating Tivy, the new hope was to play La Marque, a team that has denied Calallen the chance to play for the State title on six occasions, including last season. Instead, they'll play Manvel, who defeated La Marque, 38-35 in the state quarterfinals.
As opposed to the pass-happy offense that Tivy ran, the 'Cats will be facing a much more balanced offensive attack. The Mavericks rotate quarterbacks Shane McCarley and Julian Walker, each having thrown for 1,400 yards. Both are dual threat options, each having more than 10 rushing scores and Walker amassing 732 yards on the ground.
The Maverick offense averages 46.6 points per game, with 211 yards passing and 222 yards rushing. Their leading rusher is Selwyn Green, who has 865 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ashton Bennett, Austin Bennett and Kaylon Melancon make up their receiving core, all having more than 500 yards receiving.
Defensively, the Mavericks are led by defensive end Glynn Cheeks, who leads the team with 18 sacks.
Calallen will look to attack the Mavericks with their one-two punch of Marcus Price and Preston Dorsey. Reserve running backs Cooper Storm, Robert Maldonado and Sheldon Metoyer will all look to get their touches, as well. The Calallen ground game averages 285 yards per game.
Dorsey has seen an increase in passing opporunities since the postseason began, and will look for Hayden Woods, who has nine catches and 159 yards receiving in the last two games.
Defensively, Calallen cornerback Avery Cortez has had an interception in the last two games. Linebackers Tate Bamert and Trevor Moses will look to help defensive tackles Dylan Duff and Michael Wiser in run support.