Our Friday Night Fever Gamechanger Award will go to a player who came up big last week when the Calallen Wildcats most needed it.
With a ticket to the Class 5A Division II semifinals on the line against Port Lavaca at the Alamodome, Calallen quarterback Jarrett Garza was the spark his team’s offense needed against a stingy Sandcrab defense.
Garza was almost unstoppable.
He ran for 207 yards on only 14 carries, averaging out to almost 15 yards rushing per pop. In the process he tallied three touchdowns, including a 95-yard TD scamper that was the second-longest in the history of the Calallen program.
That score was pretty much the back-breaker as they scored five unanswered touchdowns in the second half to cruise to a 48-17 victory.
It pushes 13-1 Calallen into the state semifinals Friday night against 14-0 Marshall. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at Farris Field in San Antonio.
The winner of that game advances to the state championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington a week from Friday.
Garza’s effort Friday night against Port Lavaca is a big reason why they made the semifinals.