“Friday night was a game of missed opportunities. We had chances early in the first half to make the game close and maybe put some pressure on Port Lavaca,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“To be able to beat a good team, you can’t let those chances slip by.”
The Trojans were inside the Sandcrab’s 5-yard line on two occasions in the first half but came away with zero points. The hosts’ defense was too strong and kept the Trojans out of the end zone for all of the first half.
Calhoun scored on its first three possessions in the first half to jump out to a 20-0 advantage. Sandcrab running back Devian Cantu provided the home team with two first half TD runs and then went the distance on the second half kickoff to put the Sandcrabs out front 26-0 before the fans could get back to their seats from the concession stands after halftime. The return covered 94 yards.
The Sandcrabs got two more TDs in the third quarter to pull away from the Beeville boys. The only Trojan score came on a drive that started late in the third period at their 32-yard line. Several plays later, Ernest Suniga barged through the Calhoun defense from six yards out for the touchdown. Marcos Ulloa hit the left upright on his PAT try. A stiff 30-40 mph wind out of the north made kicking almost impossible unless it was going south.
“Port Lavaca is a top 10 team in the state and is very deserving of that. I was extremely proud of the way our kids played,” Moses said.
“We gave great effort, and we competed with one of the best teams in the state.”
The Sandcrabs stayed on the ground all night and amassed 415 yards on 31 carries. Cantu finished with 116 yards on just four carries, and Sandcrab QB Hunter Boerm went 139 yards on eight attempts.
The Trojans ran the ball 51 times for 225 yards and QB Cameron Kremers and Tanner Treviño combined for another 65 yards in passing. Kremers was good on three of 12 throws, while Trevino hooked up with Joe Rey Garza on a halfback pass that covered 31 yards that put the Trojans down deep in Sandcrab territory in the first half.
Suniga finished with a team-high 54 yards on 12 carries. Roger Salazar finished with five rushes for 48 yards. Steven Garcia was the workhorse of the Beeville running game with 13 carries and 43 yards. Conrad Ruiz busted loose for 33 yards on eight attempts. Tristan Pelitire added seven runs for 24 yards. Brandon Nelson went 16 yards on four carries.
The four completions through the air went to four different receivers. Garza made one catch for 31 yards to lead the receivers. Treviño hauled in one tough catch for 16 yards and a first down deep in Sandcrab territory. Garcia made one catch for 12 yards, and tight end Hunter Hardy hauled in the other catch, for six yards.
With the loss, the Trojans sport an 0-4 record in district play and are 2-6 overall. Beeville hosts Calallen on Friday and then will wrap up the season on Nov. 9 with a trip to meet the Tuloso-Midway Warriors.
“Calallen will be another chance for our kids to compete with a top team in the state. Calallen’s strength is their defense,” Moses said.
“They play really good defense, and we will have to be at the top of our game. But at this point in our season, it’s not about what our opponents are going to do, it’s about us. And, to this point, our kids are responding well to each challenge.”