Corpus Christi’s Calallen Wildcats proved why they are one of the top-ranked football teams in the state Friday as they rolled to a 56-21 bi-district football victory over the Uvalde Coyotes.
The Wildcats scored five times in the first period on their way to a 49-7 half-time lead.
And the Wildcats added a touchdown early in the second period to wind up their scoring in the contest at Floresville’s Eschenburg Field.
The Coyotes rallied for a pair of fourth-period touchdowns to cut Calallen’s margin of victory to 35 points.
“Calallen has a really good football team. We knew going in that playing them was going to be a challenge. This was a great opportunity tonight for our kids to see what it takes to play at the state championship level. Ultimately, in the future that is where we want to be. With time we hope to be,” said Uvalde High School head football coach R.T. Gonzales. “I’m proud of the effort and pride our guys showed in finishing the game and not quitting.”
Calallen scored on their first offensive play as quarterback Colton Duff ran 30 yards for a touchdown.
Less than a minute later, the Wildcats scored again when defensive back Richard Davis returned a pass interception 61 yards for a touchdown.
Down 14-0, the Coyotes topped off a five-play, 79-yard drive with a 36-yard pass from quarterback Michael Mata to running back Domingo Davila.
Keith Pendleton Jr. kicked the extra point and the Coyotes cut the Calallen lead to 14-7 with 7:44 left in the period.
On Calallen’s next offensive play, Colton Duff connected with wide receiver Joel Garza for a 79-yard touchdown pass.
Grant Gonzalez added the conversion kick as the Wildcats upped their scoring lead to 21-7.
Calallen scored twice more in the period as running back Shennan Price scored on touchdown runs of 14 yards and five yards.
Ahead 35-7, the Wildcats scored twice in the second period.
Shennan Price ran 39 yards for a touchdown early in the second period.
Near the midway point of the period, running back Zach Hawkins scored from three yards out.
Up 49-7, Calallen began the second half with a five-play, 67-yard touchdown drive that ended with Shennan Price’s 11-yard touchdown run.
Thomas Contreras added the extra-point kick to put Calallen ahead 56-7 with 8:39 left in the third period.
Late in the period, the Coyotes began with the ball near midfield following a Calallen punt.
From that point, the Uvaldeans put forth a five-play touchdown drive.
On the first play of the fourth period, Michael Mata completed a 35-yard pass to wide receiver D’Andre Carroll.
One play later, Mata tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joshua Sandoval.
Keith Pendleton Jr. made the extra-point kick and the Coyotes reduced the Calallen lead to 56-14 with 10:26 left in the game.
Later in the period, the Coyotes took control of the ball at their 31-yard line following a Calallen punt.
From that spot, the Coyotes put together a five-play touchdown drive.
On a third-down play, Michael Mata threw a 36-yard pass to wide receiver Humberto De Leon.
One play later, Mata connected with Joshua Sandoval for a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Keith Pendleton Jr. kicked the extra point and the Coyotes cut Calallen’s lead to 56-21 with 3:34 remaining in the contest.
On the last play of the ball game, Michael Mata completed a 30-yard pass to running back Sotero Martinez near midfield.
With the win, the undefeated Calallen Wildcats improved their season record to 11-0.
They now will play the Mercedes Tigers, 9-2 for the season, who defeated the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks, 68-31, in bi-district action Friday.
The Coyotes end their season with a 6-5 record.
Statistically, Calallen topped the Coyotes in first downs, 21-11, and in total offensive yards, 438-303.
Michael Mata completed 14 of his 34 passes attempted for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He had one pass intercepted.
Joshua Sandoval led Uvalde’s pass receiving. He caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
D’Andre Carroll, Domingo Davila, Humberto De Leon, Sotero Martinez, Marcus De La Cruz, and Donovan Amaya each caught one or more passes for the Coyotes.
Uvalde managed only five yards rushing against Calallen’s defense.
Ten different backs contributed to Calallen’s 327-yard rushing attack.
Shennan Price led the way with eight carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns.
Colton Duff completed three passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown.
The Coyotes turned the ball over once, while Calallen played turnover-free football.
District 29-5A’s other three playoff teams lost in action Friday.
Flour Bluff defeated Southside, 28-2, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial blanked Eagle Pass Winn, 35-0, and Alice outscored Floresville, 44-27.