Calallen is ready for another clash with the Titans. A not-so-old rivalry will be renewed Friday.
Victoria East was in Calallen's district just last year. During a six year stretch, the Wildcats are undefeated against East, but this is the best Titans team that the 'Cats have ever seen.
"It's close if not the best. They're very complete all the way around," said Phil Danaher, in the playoffs with Calallen for the 32nd straight season.
"Yeah they're a lot better," said Calallen junior defensive back Sam Allen. "Considering we've played each other for a long time, we know what they're gonna run. It's gonna be who wants it more."
East's explosive offense averages 45 points per game. Calallen's historic defense is only giving up six a game, and is battle tested against high powered teams, dating back to the district championship against Flour Bluff.
"A lot has to do with us getting 3 and outs and us getting the ball back offensively," Danaher said. "As long as you've got all that talent on the sideline you stand a chance of winning. When they bring them out on the field you better be ready to stop them."
"To be able to keep offenses that have such tradition around here, to keep them down to so little points," said junior defensive lineman Brandon Broughton. "Even when we played Boerne, they were averaging 53 points a game. To keep them under 10. We've faced Flour Bluff, Mercedes. Being able to face all this spread it's very helpful once we get this deep in the playoffs."
This game will be played in the Alamodome. Over the past 12 years, Calallen is 3-2 there. This is the same place, and the same round, where the 'Cats' season ended last year. They're trying to exercise those Alamodome demons.
"It'd be great. We didn't have too good of an experience last time and if we come out of here and we've got the W it'd be pretty nice," Broughton said.
If they can continue playing dominating defense and go point for point with Victoria East, Calallen will head to the state semifinals for the eleventh time in what's already been a historic year for the program.