“Friday night was a tale of two halves. The first half, Ingleside just outplayed us; they were faster and more physical than us,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“The second half, we were able to step it up and play at the level they were playing at. But, by then, we had dug ourselves in too big of a hole.”
That hole was 14 first quarter points. That score held up through most of the second period, and the Beeville defense showed a little spark. The Mustangs had the final meaningful possession of the first half after forcing the Trojans to punt on a three and out possession from their own 26-yard line. The punt and an Ingleside penalty put the ball back at the Mustang 25 with under a minute left in the half.
The Mustangs took just 34 seconds off the clock, running three plays to cover the 75 yards to score their third TD of the first half. A 10-yard Beeville penalty also helped the visitors get that final TD before the buzzer sounded. It was all Ingleside at 21-0 at the half.
The Mustangs received the opening kickoff in the second half and marched 80 yards to make it an even deeper hole for the Trojans at 28-0. QB Tristen Barajas found receiver J.D. Rodriguez on a 27-yard scoring strike.
The Beeville offense finally got into the game on their next possession. Starting at their own 24-yard line, the Trojans went 76 yards for their first score of the night. The drive was capped by running back Roger Salazar’s 24-yard jaunt into the end zone. Marcos Ulloa hit the extra point try and it was a 28-7 scoreboard.
The Mustangs moved down the field on the Trojans on their next possession, but the Beeville defense rallied and held off the Mustangs deep in Beeville’s end of the field. The ball went over on downs at the Trojans’ 21-yard line.
Mixing a few passes and short runs, the Trojans got down to the Ingleside 35 before Salazar sprinted away from the Mustang defenders for his second TD. Ulloa was again perfect on the PAT kick, and it was getting a little more interesting a 28-14 with 7:17 left in the game.
The Trojans’ onside kick was recovered by the Mustangs, so the drive started at midfield. The Mustangs were content to use the clock and run the ball on their next possession. However, they ran over five minutes off the clock and scored their fifth touchdown of the night to ice the contest.
The Ingleside running attack used nine plays and was helped by a Beeville penalty of 15 yards to put it into the end zone. Barajas scampered in from two yards out to light up the scoreboard at 34-14 with 2:04 left.
The Trojans got their last chance on offense with less than two minutes remaining. The hosts started at their own 47-yard line. The offense clicked on three passes from QB Cameron Kremers and one short run. Kremers found receiver Tanner Trevino open from 22 yards out for Beeville’s final score with 25 seconds left. Ulloa was good on the extra point conversion to make the final 34-21.
“After watching film, there were a few bright spots that we can build off of. We had some players step up and play really well, and that is good to see going into district play,” Moses commented.
The Trojans wound up with 265 yards of offense on the night with over 200 of those yards coming in the second half. Beeville rushed for 139 yards with Salazar leading the way with 67 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. Lucas Glew had nine totes for 36 yards. Ernest Suniga carried the ball eight times for 18 yards. Eric Rosales had three carries for 13 yards, and Steven Garcia went five yards on his three tries.
Kremers completed nine of 18 pass attempts for 126 yards. Hunter Hardy led the receiving corps with five catches, good for 67 yards. Trevino hauled in two passes for 22 yards and the one TD. Rosales made one catch for 32 yards, and Joe Rey Garza had the other reception which covered 12 yards.
Ingelside totaled 414 yards for the night. The Mustangs ran for 172 yards and threw for another 242 yards.
The Trojan defense was busy, and the Beeville boys were led by linebacker Joey Granados with 13 tackles on the night. Brent Puga recorded nine stops; Conrad Ruiz had seven tackles; and Trevino added six stops.
The Trojans entertain the Gregory-Portland Wildcats on Friday at Beeville’s Homecoming.
The Wildcats are undefeated so far this year at 4-0 and feature one of the best running backs in South Texas. The loss last week puts the Trojans at 2-2 for the year.
“The second part of our season starts this week. G-P is coming to town with a very good team that is on a roll,” Moses said.
“They have one of the best running backs that we’ve seen in a while in Devin Bisby.”
Defensively, the Wildcats rely on their execution.
“They play a base defense and do a great job playing technique. This week we need to continue to work on the things we are doing and continue to make improvements,” Moses said.
“If we can do that, we will be where we need to be at the end of the season.”