In Alice, the Trojans played one of their best games of the season. The boys did a great job on both sides of the ball, according to their coaches.
Defensively, the young Trojans were all over their opponents, making it difficult for the Coyotes to move the ball. With the exception of one scoring drive, the Trojans hardly allowed a first down. Defensive standouts were Josh Duteil, Dalton Cox and Noah Gomez.
On offense, the Trojans were tough to stop, and every player did a superior job at their position, according to the MMS coaching staff. Running backs Jaiden Chapa and Joe Henry Tapia scored their first touchdowns of the season, with Chapa then punching in both two-point conversions. Jesse Castro and David Vasquez also did a great job running the football, picking up large chunks of yards per carry. Lineman Patrick Prieto, Logan Alvarado and Caleb Zander did their part in moving the offense. Swingmen Jacob Raine and Jacob Olivares also made key blocks up field to open up the field for the hosts, coaches said.
A couple of missed fourth down conversions in the red zone cost the Trojans even more points, but lights out defense kept the team safe. The Trojans captured a 16-6 victory over the Coyotes.
On Tuesday, the Trojans took on the Calallen Wildcats. Unfortunately, not much went in the Trojans’ favor. On defense, the boys gave up 28 points, and the offense was kept out of the end zone.
“The boys faced a great team in the Wildcats and just weren’t quite able to keep pace. The offense was able to move the ball on a few series and looked fluid at times,” said coach Tim San Miguel.
QB Wyatt Blackwell played a good game and played with poise despite getting knocked around on a few plays. On one series, Blackwell connected twice with receiver Jacob De Leon, who made highlight worthy catches, even wrestling the ball out of a defender’s hands and coming down hard with the ball.
Despite the efforts, the offense wasn’t able to get on the board. Juan Sanchez and Nathan Medina put some hard hits on the Wildcats, but the efforts weren’t quite enough to stop the powerful Wildcat offense.
“When a game goes like this, there is usually not much positive to take from it; however, I am exceptionally proud of how my boys played in the face of adversity. From the opening kickoff until the final buzzer, the boys played hard and never once gave up on themselves; that is all I can ask for,” San Miguel said.
The seventh-grade Trojans traveled to Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday for their season finale.