Three of the four contests were close with the seventh-grade B team tying the Hornets 6-6 and the A team coming up just short 14-6.
At the games in Flour Bluff, the B team worked hard for another 6-6 tie, but the Moreno A team was overmatched and lost 42-14.
In the 7B game, the host Trojans trailed early 6-0 as the Hornets scored in the first period. The two teams settled into a defensive battle the rest of the way and it was still 6-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Trojan defense forced FB to punt and took over the ball at the Hornet 42-yard line late in the third period. The Trojans marched down the field under QB Wyatt Blackwell’s direction. Blackwell ran the ball down to the one-yard line to set up the Beeville TD. It was a hard running, dive play from Jacob Torres that went the final yard for the Moreno score. The PAT run came up just short and the contest was tied at 6-6 with 5:59 left to play.
The Hornets got close a couple of times late in the game, but the Beeville defense behind Brian Lucio, Jesse Castro and Ruben Montez came up big with stop and after stop in the Hornet backfield to push the visitors out of scoring territory. The time ran out with the teams still tied at 6-6.
In the A game, the Trojan offense struck quick on their third play from scrimmage with a 70-yard TD pass from QB Justin Gomez to wide-out Johnny Garcia to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead. The conversion try fell short.
That score held up through the rest of the first half. Defensively, the Trojans were led by Dolton Corpus, Jacob Flores and Paul Wessels,
A Beeville turnover early in the third period put the Hornets in great field position at the Trojans’ 35-yard line. About six plays later, the Hornets found themselves in the end zone on a one-yard QB sneak to make it 6-6.
The Trojans again fumbled on their next possession to give the ball right back to the visitors at midfield. A 43-yard scamper by the Hornets ended in the end zone a couple of plays later and the conversion pass was complete for a 14-6 lead at the end of the third period.
The Trojans had a couple of possessions in the fourth quarter but were stopped short by the Hornet “D” and the final was a 14-6 win for Flour Bluff.
“I’m very proud of our boys, they two-platooned us and we still should have come out on top. A lot of our kids go both ways and to barely lose by one score after giving up those two fumbles is big,” said coach Ricardo Maldonado.
“This team has a lot of talent and when we are rolling we can’t be stopped.”
The coaches agreed that they got great runs on offense from Corpus, Wessels and Jordan Sandoval. On the defensive side, the Trojans were led by Johnny Garcia, Wesley Seyester, Isaiah Johns, Jacob Flores and Nick Rodriguez.
The Trojans now sport a record of 4-2 and a district record of 2-1. The seventh-grade boys will play in Alice on Tuesday night against the Coyotes.
The 8B team held a lead of 6-0 up until the fourth quarter in which the Hornets tied the game up 6-6.
“We got great defensive stops from linebackers Julian Davila, Aaron Garza, Matthew Gonzales and Garron Trevino,” said coach Ruben Lopez.
The offense’s lone touchdown was a run by Cameron Sacky from 15 yards out for the score. The final score would end up being 6-6 in a tough defensive battle.
The 8A team did not end the night on a positive note due to a lack of execution. The A team had good runs all night and won a lot of battles on the offensive line, but it was Dustin Torres who led the offense with 112 yards rushing and a touchdown. Steve Barrera would also add a five-yard touchdown. The defense was led by Michael Virata, Justin Cantu, Jacob Castro and Matthew Guerra.
The defense faced its biggest test all year and managed to make good stops, but it wasn’t enough for the Trojans to pull off the victory. The Trojans would end up falling to the Hornets 42-14.
The Trojans will play the Alice Coyotes next Tuesday in Beeville at 7 p.m. The B game gets underway at 5:30 p.m.