It was almost as if the Moody Trojans had just kicked a game-winning field goal with the looks from some of the Calallen players. In reality, the Wildcats owned the Trojans from start to finish Friday night, winning by a score of 48-3.
But the Trojans' field goal on the game's final play snapped Calallen's defensive streak of 19-straight shutout quarters.
"Well, we still haven't allowed a touchdown," Coach Phil Danaher said. "It's not the end of the world. Somebody's going to score on you sooner or later, and that's what I told the guys."
Despite the late field goal, the 'Cats held the Trojans to 144 yards of total offense and just five first downs.
"We just don't like anyone to score on us," cornerback Avery Cortez said in reference to the streak. "We don't like it when others celebrate. We're just hard-nose football players. It's a privilege to have 19 straight quarters without a score. Not a lot of teams get to do something like that."
It was Cortez who started things off for the 'Cats. Following a three-and-out by the Trojans on the opening drive, Cortez returned the ensuing punt for a 57-yard score. It was the first of a 28-point quarter for the 'Cats.
On the following drive, homecoming king Hayden Woods grabbed a two-yard touchdown pass from Preston Dorsey to go up, 14-0. Running backs Marcus Price and Robert Maldonado gashed the Trojans for the rest of the first half, adding three more touchdowns to go up 35-0 at halftime.
“We executed well, carrying out our assignments,” Woods said. “We just had an all-around good night on offense. We were able to get a lot of people in the game.”
Price was the team's leading rusher with 86 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Maldonado, who has filled in for an injured Cooper Storm, had 74 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Calallen continued their two quarterback system with Dorsey and Andrew McCurley combining for 92 yards passing. Dorsey went a perfect 6-for-6.
“McCurley didn't get as many snaps tonight as we hoped,” Danaher said. “The score got so lopsided so quick, we felt we wanted to get sophomore (Connor Lowarance) some game experience.”
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