The freshman group is a little short-handed as 10 of their classmates play significant roles on the JV squad.
The freshman game started action at Veterans Memorial Stadium with the Beeville boys using the entire first quarter to drive the length of the field and put up the first score of the night. It was textbook Trojan football as the young players chewed up yardage on the ground and took minutes off the clock. Runs by Logan Rios and Aaron Puente kept moving the chains.
Rios went the final three yards for the Beeville score and put the Trojans ahead 6-0. The try on the conversion was stopped.
Ray struck back quickly on a long run from the QB and then scored on a short pass. The Ray conversion attempt was run in for an 8-6 lead.
Rios put the Trojans back on top with a 67- yard scamper up the left side for the Beeville score. Nathaniel Martinez ran in the conversion attempt to put the local boys ahead 14-8.
Ray passed for its second score of the night, and the conversion for two was good to regain the lead at 16-14 with 2:37 left in the half. The score held up the rest of the half, but the second half belonged to Ray.
The Texans scored twice in the third period to break up a close game. The final went to the Texans at 30-14.
“We showed some good things tonight, but we are still making too many mistakes,” said freshman coach Alan Burkett.
Defensively, the young Trojans got good play from David Smith, Adam Gonzales, Rios, Daniel Chavez and others.
The JV contest was all Beeville. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Trojans got two second period scores from QB Ryan Pena to lead 14-0 with 5:35 left in the half. Josh Munoz, Steven Barrera and Robert Rodriguez provided the Trojans with a powerful running attack and set up Beeville’s third TD. Barrera went the final four yards to give the Trojans a 20-0 lead.
“Once again, the defense played remarkably, but this week, the difference was that the offense matched that effort. They did a great job listening to coaching all week and throughout the game, and the result was evident on the field,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
Ray scored its lone score late in the second period on a long run of 60 yards. It was a 20-6 game at the half.
Beeville got an early third quarter score from Samuel Navarro on a short blast off the right side to go up 26-6. JD Cuevas bulled his way for another Beeville TD, and then Barrera capped things off with another short burst into the end zone. A PAT kick from Adrian Acevedo was good on the final TD to give Beeville a 39-6 victory.
“I told the kids after the game that when we work together – offense, defense and coaches – like we did Thursday, the sky is the limit. Although we’re young, this is the most talented JV team we’ve had in a while,” said Hrncir.
“I hope we continue this streak against a better Cuero team next week.”
The teams entertain Cuero on Thursday evening, with the freshman game getting underway at 5 o’clock.