The freshman Trojans captured a well-played 34-22 victory and the JV game went to the Warriors, 24-8.
In the opening contest, the Beeville freshman defense forced the Warriors to punt on their first possession. The Trojans took over on their own 47-yard line. It took just a few plays before QB Tanner Trevino pitched to Billy Cuellar for a 36-yard score. Brandon Nelson made good on the two-point conversion run and the home team was up 8-0 with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
A good return by the Warriors set them up on a short field and they marched the distance and converted on the two-point try to tie the contest at 8-8 early in the second period.
Cuellar returned the Warrior kickoff back to the 30-yard line and the Trojan offense again played ball control and went the full 70 yards for their second score of the night. Trevino went the last yard on a sneak with Cuellar going wide for the conversion run. The Trojans led 16-8.
The Warriors fumbled on their next offensive play and Beeville’s Matthew Botello jumped on the loose ball for the Beeville boys. QB Trevino launched a pass to Cuellar just before the half ended for the Trojans’ third TD. The extra point conversion failed but the Trojans led 22-8 at the half.
The Trojans received the second half kickoff and promptly went 68 yards on runs from Nelson, Samuel Navarro, Trevino and a pass to Cuellar. Trevino capped off the drive, going 14 yards on a sweep right to make it a 28-8 game.
The Warriors added another TD to pull closer as it was a 28-14 game early in the fourth quarter. The Trojans added one more TD as Nelson plunged in from about 12 yards out to help the Beeville boys to a 34-14 lead.
The Warriors fired up their offense for another fourth quarter TD and with the two-point conversion they trailed by 12 points at 34-22 with 2:58 left to play.
The Trojans ran out the clock to preserve the victory.
“We have seen improvement each week by this young group of kids. We are working harder each and every day making ourselves better and are learning how to work as a team,” said freshman coach Juan Guerrero.
The JV game was a defensive struggle through three quarters. The Warriors struck first for a 6-0 lead in the second period. The Trojans responded by taking the lead in the second period on a pass from Johnathan Trevino to Dylan Knapp that covered 14 yards as time expired in the first half. The Trojans made good on the short run for the conversion by Ryan Fuentes. The Trojans led at the half 8-6.
The two defenses continued to dominate until late in the third period when the West squad pushed in from three yards out. The conversion failed but the Warriors were out front, 12-8.
The teams traded turnovers and the Warriors then struck for a quick TD that covered 55 yards for the 18-8 lead. A late touchdown pass added one last score for the Warriors to make the final a 24-8 win for the Victoria squad.
“We knew going into the game that this would be a tough challenge. We had a new quarterback, Johnathon Trevino, playing for the first time this season,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
“Due to injuries, he’s the fourth quarterback we’ve had to use. We had two weeks to get him ready, and I thought he played very well for the most part.”
The Trojans got good defensive play from Ryan and Ruben De La Garza, Fuentes, Knapp and Ricky Rodriguez. “Defensively, I thought we played tough and fought hard,” said Hrncir.
The offense was led by QB Trevino along with some good runs by Ernest Suniga, Conrad Ruiz, Tyler Carroll and Knapp.
“On offense, not converting when we had a chance in the red zone was probably the difference in the game. That being said, that 70-yard scoring drive we put together to finish the first half was one of our best drives of the year,” Hrncir said.
“The execution was excellent and it showed our potential if we can eliminate some costly errors.”
The two Beeville squads were at home again on Thursday night when the Victoria East Titans pay a visit to Beeville to challenge the young Trojans.