When you envision the winningest coach in the history of Texas high school football, I’m sure you would think that he would be running out of fingers to put state rings on. You would think that he would have a state-renown name and a lock for a Texas Sports Hall of Fame somewhere.
This is not the case.
In 33 years at Corpus Christi Calallen, Phil Danaher has amassed 432 wins, but never a state title. Danaher’s Wildcats have reached the final just once in his career, in 2005 when they were blown out by Hebron at Texas Stadium.
11 years later, Danaher is faced with a similar monstrous task: knock off one of the best dynasties in the state’s history in the form of Aledo.
The Bearcats have won five state championships since 2009 and are on a mission this season to make it six.
With their 57.3 points per game, Aledo has rattled off an undefeated 15-0 record and a #57 national ranking on MaxPreps.com. Their high potent offense will meet one of the best defenses in the state, a Calallen squad that’s giving up just over eight points per game.
Their roads to state have been similar with both squads knocking off their respective local area powerhouses to reach the pinnacle of Texas high school football.
Aledo defeated the scorching-hot Mesquite Poteet Pirates last week in the state semifinals while Calallen pulled out a nailbiter against College Station, 31-30, to reach the final.
A player to watch in this one is Aledo running back Donnie Evans. Evans has powered the way by leading the team with 22 rushing touchdowns while being the third leading rusher with 950 yards.
Look for Evans and the Bearcat rushing attack to abuse Calallen throughout the game as they have done all season.
Aledo will run away with this one from the start. Calallen’s offense will be effective, but Aledo’s experience in high-stakes games will prove to be the difference maker. Aledo will rush for 350 yards and will walk out with a 24 point victory.