Calallen’s decline in offense over the past two games brought changes in personnel on the line, at running back and under center. The moves paid off Friday night against Carroll.
After mustering a combined 399 total yards against Weslaco East and Flour Bluff, the Wildcats (3-1 overall) finished with 426 in a 41-0 victory over the Tigers (0-4) at Cabaniss Multipurpose Stadium. Nine different players had a least one carry, while the defense pitched its second shutout of the season despite starting several key players on offense.
Longtime Calallen coach Phil Danaher said a restructured offensive line made the biggest difference.
“That’s where we’ve been hurting,” Danaher said. “We hadn’t established the line of scrimmage. People were beating us at the line of scrimmage. That makes it hard to run the ball and throw it. Tonight we controlled the line of scrimmage. Even our backups did a good job. They really came off the ball and played well.”
It allowed the Wildcats to rush for 251 yards as a team. Sheldon Metoyer had 11 carries for 70 yards, followed by starting linebacker Austin Revels with 59 yards on four attempts.
Andrew McCurley, who shared snaps with Connor Lowrance, finished with 34 yards, while Caleb Pacheco had 30 and Cody Wright 29. Revels, McCurley, Wright and Lowrance, who added 15 yards, each scored a rushing touchdown.
Lowrance also completed seven passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Steven Velasquez and Nathaniel McDonald. McCurley completed three passes for 55 yards.
Like Danaher, Lowrance was pleased by the outcome.
“We had good play calls and everything just went great,” Lowrance said. “We executed plays well and that’s all that matters. If we keep doing what we did tonight then we should win games. District is going to be tough, but we look forward to it. We’re going to practice hard and come out ready to compete.”
Calallen’s defense did its job by holding Carroll to only seven first downs and 135 total yards – all rushing. All 11 pass attempts by the Tigers went incomplete.
Tigers quarterback Brian Mendez took a pounding and was knocked out of the game twice, the second time for good.
That’s because Young and Revels didn’t have to spend as much time on offense as planned.
“We were real careful the way we were subbing,” Danaher said. “We were running (a) double tight end (formation) early with Kade Young in there and Revels, our two linebackers. After we scored the second touchdown we took Revels out. After we scored the third one we went to a one tight end set. In the second half we just went spread and worked on our passing game, which was not very impressive. We have to get better throwing the ball.”