Mac keeps the bell in resounding fashion

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The bell is headed back to the engraver’s where the score of Friday’s game will be etched into the 64-year history of the battle between two sibling schools born in the fall of 1953.

McCallum 72, Travis 0.

After rushing for 217 yards against Travis on Friday, senior Alexander Julian is second in the state in rushing yards with more than 1,500 yards on the season. Photo by Gregory James.

Much has been written about the prolific Knight offense and for good reason. The team rolled up another 500-yard plus team rushing game. Alexander Julian accounted for 217 of those along with three touchdowns while three other running backs each logged more than 50 apiece. Max Perez and Deron Gage connected for a 53-yard touchdown on a long pass and some nifty downfield running from Gage.  While it was the most memorable offensive play, it was also the exception in an offensive game plan predicated on running the Rebels into submission.

McCallum’s average running play gained 9.37 yards. Julian alone has rushed for more than 1,500 yards in seven games.  These are video game numbers.  On Sunday Julian tweeted out his thanks to higher powers for his season thus far: God, his offensive line and his hard-working team.

While the offense has certainly been worthy of the praise it has received, a complete look at Friday’s game would show that it is only part of the team’s clinical takedown of Travis.

The defense and special teams units were equally dominating on Friday. The defense held Travis to 11 yards of total offense on 37 plays from scrimmage. The Rebels gained less than half a yard per rushing play and posted minus-2 passing yards.

The defense also scored a safety and a defensive touchdown after Jack Switzer sacked Larreontae Hill and recovered his fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

With a sack and a fumble recovery, senior Jack Switzer scored a defensive touchdown for Mac as part of the team’s 37-point first quarter that sealed the outcome the 2017 Battle of the Bell early. Photo by Dave Winter.

Another key defender Ian Carson was also a special teams force with which to be reckoned. He blocked a second-quarter punt in the Travis end zone which Gabe Williams recovered for a touchdown, and was 10-10 on points after touchdown.

The team is 7-0 and barring some unforeseen reversal of fate will likely become the second McCallum team to complete a perfect 10-0 regular season.

The last team to do that at Mac played in the fall of 1966. Back then, LBJ was the president not Mac’s chief district rival. A first-class stamp was five cents, a gallon of gas was 32 cents, and a gallon of milk (undoubtedly whole) was 99 cents.

These are good times for Mac football, and the bell will soon show it. For the 18th time in 19 years, the freshest engraving on the bell will be on the blue side.

The team surrounds the bell it earned by defeating Travis for the 18th team in 19 years on Friday night. With the victory, the team moved to 7-0. With victories over Crockett, Lanier and Reagan, the 2017 Knights will become only the second team in Mac history to go 10-0 over a regular season. Photo by Gregory James.