The Beeville defense turned in a gutty performance over the first half of the contest, allowing just one G-P touchdown. Wildcat running back Devin Bisby broke loose for a 28-yard scamper to make it a 7-0 game with 8:37 left in the first quarter.
The Trojan defense stepped up and did not allow another Wildcat score the rest of the half. The Trojan offense moved the ball, but turnovers stopped any sustained drives the local boys got going.
The Trojans threatened but a late drive stalled. A 30-yard field goal from Chase Ellerbee with just 22 seconds left in the half got the Trojans on the scoreboard with three points.
A pooch kick on the ensuing kickoff worked to perfection as the ball landed in front of the G-P return man and took an abrupt left turn, right into the hands of a Trojan cover man.
The Beeville offense came close again to the Wildcat end zone, but had to settle for another field goal try as time was running out. The kick went wide left, and the score at the half was still 7-3.
Wildcat star Bisby broke away for a long, 78-yard TD run early in the third period to give the G-P squad a little more breathing room at 14-3. The outcome was still in question entering the fourth quarter.
However, the home team converted two touchdowns early in the fourth as the Trojan offense gave up the ball on turnovers. Bisby got his third score of the game, and Wildcat QB Tanner Geiser scrambled for another. The Trojans fell behind 27-3 with 7:04 left in the game.
Backup QB Ryan Pena led the Trojans on a short drive for their only TD. The final 13 yards were covered by a Samuel Navarro run through the middle of the G-P defense. The two-point run came up short to make the final 27-9.
The loss kept the Trojans without a win at 0-5 entering Friday’s game with Victoria West. The kickoff for that contest is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be the Beeville Hall of Fame game. Four new inductees will be introduced.
The Trojans picked up 97 yards rushing against the Wildcats. Tristan Pelitire led the way with 54 yards on 14 carries. QB Cameron Kremers rushed for 31 yards on 10 totes. Navarro added 12 yards on three tries and scored the lone Beeville TD. Kremers completed 11 of 26 passes for 83 yards with one interception. Pena was 3-4 for 26 yards and had one interception late in the contest.
Tanner Trevino hauled in four passes for 47 yards. Mark Cook caught six passes for 43 yards on the night. Justice Estrada came up with two receptions for 12 yards.
The Trojans had two passes intercepted and coughed up two fumbles to the Wildcats.
G-P ran for 342 yards with preseason all-state selection Bisby earning 207 of those yards on just 16 carries. The Wildcat passing game added 32 yards to the team total of 374 yards gained.