The Calallen Wildcats wrapped up their non-district schedule with a convincing 38-7 victory over the Carroll Tigers Friday night. The Wildcats are now 3-1 in District 31-4A play beginning this week.
“The defense played well again. It’s a shame we didn’t get the shut-out, but they did good,” Calallen coach Phil Danaher said. “Once we gel offensively, we could be pretty dangerous.”
While the offense was able to produce 465 total yards, the team has had to overcome injuries and inconsistent play to produce points. Splitting between a spread and Wing-T offense, the ‘Cats offense had three turnovers against the Tigers.
“We’re just not hitting on all cylinders,” Danaher said. “I will say our offensive line is doing a good job. But we’re a little shaky in our backfield. The little things that make you a good football team are hurting us right now.”
The offense did however see the return of junior quarterback Preston Dorsey, who dislocated a finger in his throwing hand during the team’s season opener. With 8:25 left in the second quarter, Dorsey broke a 7-7 tie with a six-yard touchdown run.
“I was nervous at times,” Dorsey said. “But once things got going, I felt more comfortable at the end.”
Dorsey split snaps with Andrew McCurley, who had a 37-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Price for the first score of the game. Price finished the night with 137 yards rushing along with 49 receiving.
In the third quarter, Dorsey scrambled after a fumbled snap and found Marky Perez for a 27-yard score, to put the ‘Cats up 28-7.
“I was thinking so far before the play,” Dorsey said. “It was the same play we scored on the opening drive. I was thinking, another touchdown to Price but I lost the ball on the snap. It just turned into an exciting play.”
Despite the off-and-on night by the offense, there was little hope for Carroll with the ‘Cats defense limiting them to 119 yards of total offense.
With the Tigers only score coming on an interception return, the ‘Cats defense has pitched 12 consecutive quarters without a score. Defensive backs Avery Cotrez and Trevor Moses each had an interception on the night, while lineman Dylan Duff had one sack.
With Dorsey’s return to action, Danaher hopes that his offense can find a better rhythm. However, he did say that the coaching staff will review both Dorsey and McCurley for their gameplan to see how much action both will see.
“It’s just going to depend,” he said. “We’ll see how each of them did on film.”
Calallen will begin district play on Friday when they travel to play the Kingsville Brahmas.
Kingsville (1-3) grabbed their first win of the season over Miller last week, 45-34. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Javelina Stadium.