Friday Night Legends
Friday Night Legends is a football board game that uses actual team statistics, play calling and some luck to determine the outcome – kind of like real life! In this series, we will take some of these great teams we have compiled and give you a write-up of how the two played using Friday Night Legends.
2017 Corpus Christi Calallen (13-1) vs 2017 Austin McCallum (14-1)
Fans filed into House Park Stadium excited to see a battle of two of the top running teams of 2017. The Austin McCallum Knights (a team that runs 83% of the time) played host to the Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats (a team that runs 88% of the time.) The McCallum Knights won the toss and elected to receive. Starting at their own 25 yard line, the nights proceeded to march the ball down the field 75 yards on the ground for the opening score. 7-0 McCallum with 8:10 to go in the quarter.
Calallen started their drive at their own ten but didn’t have the same result. The McCallum defense turned in some big plays causing the Wildcats to go backwards before punting the ball away. McCallum started their second drive of the night at the 50 yard line and looked ready for another long journey on the ground. That mighty rushing game of McCallum scored in just a few plays capping the drive with a 33 yard touchdown run. Having burned most of the 1st quarter, the Knights held a commanding 14-0 lead.
Corpus Christi set out to work at their own 34 yard line. The Wildcats running game finally started to click and they were driving and down to the 21 yard line of McCallum as the quarter came to an end.
Calallen 0 vs McCallum 14
Just as it appeared Corpus Christi would score, they fumbled the ball at the 8 yard line. It was picked up by a Knight defender and he returned it 92 yards for the touchdown! The extra point was no good making the score 20-0 with 11 minutes to go in the half.
Calallen started their next drive stunned at their own 30. Once again the Wildcats wasted no time and showing their rushing prowess. It was the first Wildcat pass of the game that shocked everyone when they completed it 39 yards down to the seven. An outside run later, Callallen was on the board, cutting the lead to 20-7 with 9:10 to go in the half.
Starting at their 18, the Knights’ drive entered Corpus territory but stalled thanks to a stifling Wildcat defense. This caused the first punt of the game. Corpus Christi took over at their own 17.
After a couple of first downs, Corpus met strong resistance from the McCallum defense and was forced to make their first punt of the game. McCallum took over at their own 37 with 4:50 to go in the half. The Knights put together an impressive drive that included a 23 yard run and a 14 yard touchdown pass. They led 27-7 with three minutes left before the break.
The breaks kept going Austin’s way, the ensuing kick off was fielded by Calallen and returned to the 21 when the player was struck hard by a Knight. The runner coughed up the ball and another Knight player returned the ball to the 16 with plenty of time to add to their lead after the gift of a short field.
Rather than drive for an easy score, they gave the ball back on a fumble two plays later.
Calallen responded with a masterful drive that included two runs of over 25 yards and perfect time management. With 10 seconds to go in the half they scored making it 27-14.
Calallen 14 vs McCallum 27
17 carries for 163 yards
1 of 3 passes 18 yards
5 big plays
27 carries for 174 yards
2 of 3 passing 51 yards
5 big plays
Calallen, on their first drive of the second half, manage a couple first downs but were once again forced to punt. McCallum took over at their own 36 with 9:50 to go in the third quarter. Once again, McCallum took their opportunity all the way to the house. in just over a minute the Knights scored again making the lead 34-14.
Rather than roll over, Corpus responded with a great drive which culminated with a 32 yard draw play. 34-21 McCallum with 5:20 left in the quarter.
Another seemingly strong McCallum drive came to an end this time again on a fumble. Corpus took over 46 yards from the end zone with 2:40 to go in the quarter. Calallen wasted no time in taking advantage of the field position. Just a few plays later they had the end zone making the score 34-28 with one minute to go in the third. The quarter came to and end with McCallum driving and leading 34-28
Calallen 28 vs McCallum 34
Looking to put another nail in the coffin, McCallum drove deep into Calallen territory before being forced to punt. A masterful kick and great coverage had Calallen starting at their own 7, down by six points, with 8:20 left in the game.
The drive featured what appeared to be a drive-killing holding call, but a key 3rd down conversion keep it alive. With 3:20 to go in the game, a Wildcat ball carrier broke through for 12 yards and a score. The PAT was good and Calallen led for the first time in the game 35-34.
Starting at their 32 and down by 1, the Knights took the field for what they hoped would be the game-winning drive. Hoping to catch Calallen sleeping, the Austin team rolled out for a pass to start things off… incomplete. A 15 yard run did catch Corpus off guard as the Knights weren’t ready to concede anything. A few plays later, facing 4th and 1 at the 45, McCallum decided to go for it. Another surprise pass – this time for 14!
With hope still alive, McCallum was at the 31 with 1 minute and two timeouts remaining. It would be up to the Wildcat defense to do something they had rarely done this game – stop the Knights.
Rushing to get the snap off, they were called for holding on the next play and backed up to the 41. Held to a 2 yard gain on the next play, forced McCallum to use their 2nd timeout. A 1 yard run used their final timeout. With 20 seconds left in the game and the ball at the 38 the Knights were out of time and filed goal range. A Hail Mary was their only option. The pass facing a full blitz fluttered on the way to the end zone and fell harmlessly to the turf.
Corpus Christ Calallen had come back from being down by 20 points three times to eek this one out 35-34.
Calallen 35 vs McCallum 34
Calallen 0 14 14 7 —- 35
McCallum 14 13 7 0 —- 34
Rushing: 35 carries, 297 yards (9.36 ypc)
Passing: 3 of 5 completions, 44 yards (14.7 ypc)
Big Plays: 6
Corpus Christi Calallen
Rushing: 45 carries, 354 yards (7.86 ypc)
Passing: 2 of 5 completions, 51 yards (25.5 ypc)
Big Plays: 13