Calallen ends Calhoun's 27-game regular-season win streak (VIDEO)
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CORPUS CHRISTI - Calhoun quarterback Hunter Boerm had a new experience Friday night.
One he'd prefer not to repeat.
Calhoun was thoroughly dominated by Calallen in a 48-0 loss in the District 30-4A opener at Wildcat Stadium.
"They were pretty stout," Boerm said. "We kind of hurt ourselves a lot. But we've got to give them credit because they shut us out."
The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) held the Sandcrabs (4-1, 0-1) scoreless for the first time since a 55-0 loss to Angleton in October 2005, which was coach Richard Whitaker's first season at Calhoun.
"If you play average against a good football team, they're going to make you look bad, and that's what happened," Whitaker said. "We have to play exceptionally well to even be in the ballgame with a team like this, and tonight, we didn't do that. They dominated all levels of the game, and they deserved to win."
Calallen ended Calhoun's 27-game regular-season winning streak by rolling up 402 total yards and limiting the Sandcrabs to 162.
Calhoun managed only seven first downs and penetrated no deeper than the Calallen 25-yard line.
"You've got five guys starting on the line who played in 2011," Whitaker said. "They are fast, and they are physical. We've been a little banged up at one position, and we lost a starter, so we were a little banged up inside tonight. If you don't have a lot of speed, you've got to run at people, and when they dominate the line of scrimmage, that's kind of hard to do."
Calhoun also had a difficult time stopping the Calallen offense, which was led by quarterback Derek Scheible.
Scheible passed for 255 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sandcrabs also hurt themselves by losing two fumbles, having a punt travel only 5 yards, coming up short on a fake punt attempt and being penalized six times for 60 yards.
"It was a lack of focus," Whitaker said. "We have not had good focus this entire season. We've had a lot of little things that have gone on, and I've been addressing with the kids, and hopefully, this is going to be a wake-up call, and we'll get some of those things worked out."
Calallen was especially motivated after losing two straight games to Calhoun, including a 17-0 setback in last season's district opener.
"Our defense came out with a purpose," said Calallen coach Phil Danaher. "We studied what we did last year. We attacked, and we beat a good football team tonight."
The Sandcrabs will find out what kind of team they are next week when they return to Port Lavaca to play Tuloso-Midway in their homecoming game.
"This was not a good showing tonight for Calhoun," Whitaker said. "We're disappointed. I wish it would have been a better ballgame, but it wasn't. But it's like I told our kids, we've been hit in the mouth and either we're going to respond, or it's going to be a long season for us. I think our kids have enough character that we'll respond and we'll bounce back."