SINTON — Calallen headed into the Region IV-4A Division II bi-district playoffs Friday night with an undefeated regular season behind them as they matched up against the Medina Valley Panthers, the No. 2 seed out of District 29-4A. The Wildcats handled Medina Valley, 49-6.
Once the game commenced, the Wildcats wasted no time as quarterback No. 10, Derek Sheible brought in an 11-yard touchdown run. A successful field goal kick launched Calallen onto the scoreboard at 7-0.
A few minutes later in the first quarter, once the ball was turned over to the Panthers, Medina Valley battled their way up the field and completed a good field goal kick, earning them 3-points. Calallen pushed right back, as No. 2, J.D. Savanich brought in a 10-yard touchdown run, followed by another completed field goal.
The back-and-forth game continued when the Panthers pushed forth to complete their second field goal kick, adding another 3-points to their score.
As the game entered into the second-quarter, Calallen No. 3, Connor Lawrence received the ball in Wildcat territory, near the 25-yard-line. He then broke through the chaos to impressively bring a near 75-yard touchdown run. After another successful kick brought the score to 21-0, Calallen leading.
With less than nine minutes remaining in the first half of the game, Wildcat No. 5, Nate McDonald completed a 25-yard touchdown pass. Four minutes later, Sheible handed the ball off to No. 20, Chris Price to fight his way in for a 35-yard touchdown run, followed by yet another successful kick.
The first half ended with the Wildcats leading by 29-points, at 36-6.
The third-quarter mostly consisted of a decent show of back-and-forth defense from both teams, until Calallen bursted through yet again, when No. 23, Triston Crossland completed a 38-yard touchdown pass from Sheible. This was immediately followed by No. 7, Chase Whetsel receiving the Panther punt, bringing it all the way to Medina Valley's 11-yard-line. Wildcat No. 8, Dallas Winterrowd then completed yet another touchdown pass from Sheible, followed by another completed kick. After the dust settled, Calallen was up by 43-points, at 49-6.
As the clock counted down the seconds until the end of the fourth-quarter, both teams entered into another contest of back-and-forth play. Eventually the clock did run out, effectively ending the Panther's chances at salvation.
Calallen will now face the Alice Coyotes, a rematch of last year's area playoff game. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville.