Coming into the second week of the season, limiting a speedy team like Victoria East seemed like a difficult task. But the Calallen Wildcats handled the challenge well Friday night, blanking the Titans, 22-0.
“We got so many injuries, but our kids came out and played hard,” Calallen head football coach Phil Danaher said. “The defense played hard and the offense kept the ball away from their offense,”
The Wildcats (2-1) defense was indeed tough as they held Titans (2-1) to 129 yards of total offense after averaging 495 yards and 47.5 points per game in their first two contests.
The Wildcats completed their second shut-out of the season with a ball-control and a run-heavy Wing-T offense.
With quarterback Preston Dorsey and running back Cooper Storm sidelined with injuries, the Wildcats had to adjust their game plan. But the classic offense allowed Calallen to have the ball for more than 15 minutes in the second half.
The Titans never saw the Wildcat red zone and had the ball for only eight minutes in the second half.
Calallen got on the board first after Jake Brearton nailed a 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
Marcus Price helped the Wildcats to an early 9-0 lead with a 29-yard double reverse play after a slow start by the offense and a first-quarter fumble.
Price finished with 16 touches and 98 yards plus a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown that made it 15-0 with a minute to go in the third quarter
“The running game is executing more than in our first week,” Price said “Coming into this game I was focused on hitting the hole and moving the ball.”
Sophomore Robert Maldonado got in on the ground action as he saw relief time late in the game and used that time to score on an eight-yard run to complete a shut-out of the Titans.
The Wildcats had 286 yards of total offense with 220 of them coming on the ground. Calallen had two rushers go for at least 90 yards.
Avery Cortez finished as the team's leading rusher with 91 yards on 21 carries.
Quarterback Andrew McCurley finished the night going 4-of-9 for 66 yards and one interception.
Titans running back Jonathan Garner came into the contest averaging 225 yards a game and was limited to 46 on 12 tries against the Wildcats.
The Wildcats face the Carroll Tigers Friday at Buc Stadium.