Austin ISD football teams kicked off the 2016 season in style, highlighted by the 15th annual Taco Shack Bowl at House Park.
The Anderson Trojans carried a two-game winning streak into the showdown with the McCallum Knights, but it was the Knights who gained the upper hand early and never trailed.
McCallum scored on five of its first six possessions, jumping out to a 27-7 lead at the break. Anderson responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second half, including a sparkling interception return for a touchdown by Robert Abernathy to narrow the gap to six points.
But the Trojans could draw no closer as McCallum claimed the 27-21 victory. Senior Andre Blakemore was the star of the show for the Knights, rushing for more than 250 yards and a score.
With the win, the Knights avenged a pair of losses to their crosstown rival and signaled that last year’s playoff absence, the first since 2001 for the program, was likely a one-year aberration.
The Taco Shack Bowl wasn't the only game in town. Check out the scores from the first week of action below:
Akins 40, Crockett 13
McNeil 44, Austin High 14
Bowie 7, Pflugerville 0
LBJ 46, Waco University 7
Hyde Park 41, Lanier 7
Burnet 55, Reagan 12
Seguin 61, Travis 21
Marion 53, Eastside Memorial 0