KINGSVILLE – Friday night was a game that the No. 9 Calallen Wildcats had been waiting for since last season. Calallen was bounced from the postseason 17-7 last year at the hands of Alice, but this time, they made sure it wouldn’t happen again.
The Wildcats clicked on both sides of the ball, cruising to a 42-0 Region IV-4A Division II area playoff victory at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville. Calallen (11-0) next will face Alamo Heights (9-3) in the regional quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Victoria Memorial Stadium.
Alice (10-2) came into the game with one of the most potent offenses in the Coastal Bend, averaging a shade less than 44 points per game and more than 375 yards on the ground. The Wildcats allowed none of that Friday, blanking the Coyotes and holding them to 167 total yards.
“Our defense controlled the line of scrimmage the whole night,” said Calallen coach Phil Danaher, who picked up his 400th victory on the night. “They’ve done it the whole year…They give us good field position, and our special teams played well. Then the offense comes in, and they execute and we score.”
The Wildcats opened the game with the ball after Alice elected to kick despite winning the coin toss. Calallen was moving the ball before an interception on quarterback Derek Scheible’s first pass attempt of the night. He more than made up for the early mistake, however.
Scheible, who finished with four total touchdowns on the night, got it going on the next possession, scoring on a 46-yard run. The senior added scores of 1 and 79 yards, the latter coming on the first drive of the second half to give the Wildcats a 35-0 lead.
While the Alice offense struggled, the Coyotes were also hurt on special teams. Strong winds led to a couple of poor punts, giving Calallen excellent field position.
“It was pretty hard to throw into and kick into it,” Danaher said of the wind.
After a 1-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion by Austin Revels, J.D. Savanich’s interception gave the Wildcats another short field at the Alice 18-yard line.
Alice did not make it into the red zone until late in the third quarter, but ultimately could not put points on the board.
“They won the battles in the trenches," Coyotes coach Chris Soza said of the Wildcats. "They were strong and physical. Offensively, we couldn't get anything going…tip of my hat to Calallen. They've got a great football team.”