A dominating performance by Calallen quarterback Jeramie Marek helped the Wildcats beat the Flour Bluff Hornets, 42-21, Friday night.
The senior quarterback threw for 108 yards and rushed for 128 with four total touchdowns - two in the air and two on the ground.
"Bryden [McClure] set up a lot of the runs I had," Marek said. "The linemen and backs had a great game as well."
Marek also caught an interception in the game.
In addition to his performance, the Calallen defense was solid, allowing only 57 yards passing against Flour Bluff quarterbacks Nico Gomez and Clay Collier.
"We tried a new formation for this team, and it worked out well for us," said Calallen head coach Phil Danaher. "Flour Bluff is a very good team with great coaching and I tip my hat to my team, because they played their heads off."
The Wildcats looked like they were going to be in for a long night, after the opening kickoff return resulted in an 87-yard touchdown run from Hornet running back Michael Gowens.
Calallen answered back in its opening drive as Marek found a wide open Jordan John for a 57-yard touchdown reception.
A bad snap caused the Wildcats to miss the extra-point attempt as the Hornets had a slight 7-6 lead.
After the Hornets went three and out on their next possession, Calallen began driving from its 23-yard line.
During the drive, Marek rushed for 56 yards and receiver Matt Garza added an additional 20 yards - 10 in the air and 10 on the ground.
At the Flour Bluff 5-yard line, Marek handed off to last week's top performer, McClure, who breezed through an open end zone, putting Calallen ahead.
After McClure succeeded in the Wildcats' two-point attempt, Calallen took its first lead of the game, 14-7.
Early in the second quarter, the Hornets worked on their running game, which led them to the Wildcat 4-yard line.
Running back Chris McCormick got in the end zone and tied the game, 14-14, after the extra-point was good.
After a botched onside kick attempt from Flour Bluff kicker Cody Foust, Calallen was at midfield to start its next drive.
From the Hornet 4-yard line, Marek scored his first rushing touchdown of the game.
After another missed extra-point attempt, the Wildcats were up 20-14.
During the Hornets next drive, Gomez threw an interception to Marek, giving Calallen possession of the ball.
With the score still 20-14 with 2:14 left in the first half, Flour Bluff back-up quarterback Clay Collier threw an interception to McClure.
This time, the Wildcats took advantage and scored a touchdown from John who received his second touchdown pass from Marek.
After the two-point conversion was good, Calallen had a commanding 28-14 lead at the half.
The Hornets held the Wildcats to just four plays in the third quarter, possessing the ball for 11 of the 12 minutes, including a 17-play drive that lasted nine minutes.
At the Calallen 10-yard line, Flour Bluff fullback Brian Twaits ran it in for a touchdown as the Hornets trailed, 28-21. It was the closest they were going to get.
The fourth quarter was all Calallen thanks to two lost fumbles from Flour Bluff - both of which resulted in touchdowns for the Wildcats.
After getting through one of their toughest district opponents, some wonder if Calallen will continue toward another perfect regular season like last year.
"I sure hope so," Danaher said. "We figure if we keep on focusing one game at a time, we could be looking towards a state championship."
Marek still plans to stay focused for the next three remaining games.
"We've always got work to do, and we can't take any team lightly," Marek said. "We have to play every game like it's our last."
Calallen hits the road to Robstown to face the Cottonpickers Friday night at 7:30.