Calallen Wildcats stay atop district race with lightning-delayed win against Miller

Rey Castillo
Corpus Christi Caller Times

A chance to remain in the top spot in District 15-4A Division I required two days and two different venues. 

A game that started in Calallen on Friday ended on Saturday at Buccaneer Stadium after heavy rain and lightning postponed the contest halfway through the second quarter. 

The Wildcats and Bucs resumed play with 6:33 remaining in the second quarter and Calallen leading 35-13.

Luke Medina was the difference on Saturday after scoring three touchdowns on runs of 64, 30 and a 40-yard touchdown reception in a 55-33 win. 

The Wildcats are now tied in district with Port Lavaca Calhoun, a 49-3 winner against Tuloso-Midway on Thursday.

Calallen's Epi Hinojosa runs for a touchdown against Miller, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Phil Danaher Field. The game is postponed to Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 at 2 p.m.

DISTRICT 15-4A DIVISION I

NO. 10 CALALLEN 55, MILLER 33

What this game means: Calallen earns a key district win to remain in a tie for first place with Calhoun in 15-4A Division I. The No. 10 Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in district with three games left in the regular season. Miller is now 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district. The Buccaneers remain in the postseason race with two of their final three games at home. 

Friday and Saturday's highlights: Epi Hinojosa stole the show on Friday and Luke Medina picked up where his teammate left off on Saturday. Hinojosa scored three first-half touchdowns on runs of 51, 49 and 8 yards and Medina added a hat trick of his own on runs of 64, 30 and 40 yards on Saturday. The Buccaneers scored two touchdowns Friday on a 12-yard run by Ethan Greenwood and an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jaedyn Brown to Jayden Moreno. Calallen added a 51-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Burnett to Sonny Carpinello and Jayden Moreno scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brown for Miller. McCullion Williams scored another Buccaneers touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Brown and added a 84-yard kickoff return for the Bucs' final points of the game.

Friday and Saturday's stars: Hinojosa and Medina combined for 456 rushing yards to pace the Wildcats' running game. Medina (213 yards) and Hinojosa (242) each had three touchdowns. Miller quarterback Brown led the Bucs with 209 passing yards and three touchdowns. Williams scored two touchdowns and finished with 39 yards on the ground. Greenwood ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Lonnie Adkism led Miller's receiving with 63 yards and Jayden Moreno added 61 yards through the air. Damare Lister and Eathan Vela combined for 70 yards through the air. 

Miller's McCullion Williams runs with the ball against Calallen in their rescheduled game, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Buc Stadium. Calallen won, 55-33.

Calallen running back Epi Hinojosa on setting the tone for the Wildcats: "It was up to the line. We were able to show our talent. After the lightning delay, we had to think, wake up early and do what we had to do."

Calallen defensive coordinator Steve Campbell on the Wildcats improving to 2-0 in district play: "We played super good last night on all aspects of the game... Offense showed up but I don't think we had the same intensity on defense. But it's a victory and we have to move on and get ready for the Alice Coyotes."

Calallen running back Luke Medina on his three touchdowns: "It felt good," Medina said. "We started yesterday and wanted to come out and finish it today with the same mentality as a team. The three touchdowns got the team going and it boosted our momentum."

Miller coach Justen Evans declined to comment. 

Next: Calhoun at Miller, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23; Calallen at Alice, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.

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