Calallen won the battle of the Wildcats Friday night, defeating longtime rival Gregory-Portland, 21-0.
The win was Head Coach Phil Danaher’s 300th with the Calallen program.
The ‘Cat offense was off and on for much of the night. Early in the first quarter, Marcus Price made an exciting catch and turned it up 76 yards for the score. However, the play was called back on a block in the back penalty. Running back Shelton Metoyer scored five plays later from two yards out for the 7-0 lead.
“Right now, we’re just sputtering offensively,” Danaher said. “We haven’t been able to put a drive together. We’re young, but that’s no excuse. We’re not young everywhere.”
Price extended the lead to 14 on a two-yard sweep with 4:57 left in the first half.
G-P looked to fight back on the opening drive of the second half. But the ‘Cats’ defense stopped them with a goal line stand on fourth down.
Metoyer punched in another late touchdown to round out the scoring for the 21-0 final. Calallen’s defense stopped the G-P offense on downs four times and forced three interceptions, two by Trevor Moses and one by Austin Castillo.
While their drives were inconsistent, the Calallen offense still produced 284 yards of total offense. Quarterback Andrew McCurley ended the night 8-16 and 196 yards. Wide receiver J.J. Dallas was his leading receiver, grabbing three of those passes for 96 yards.
McCurley was making his first start at Calallen, subbing for Preston Dorsey, who dislocated a finger in his throwing hand last week. Dorsey did not suit up for the game. Also injured from last week was cornerback Nick Espinosa, who suffered a concussion against Port Lavaca-Calhoun.
“We’re doing things by committee right now,” Danaher said. “It seems like we keep asking ‘Who’s healthy? Who can go?’”
Calallen will play the Victoria East Titans on Friday at home. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.