The freshman game was a defensive battle for the first half The teams clicked offensively in the second half and ran up the scores. The Trojans got three TD’s in the third and fourth period but it wasn’t quite enough as the Titans covered the Trojans, 26-22.
Tristan Pelitire had two runs for touchdowns. He went 25 yards on one score and then broke off a six-yard scamper for another TD. Quarterback Andres Gaitan threw the ball well and connected with Aaron Gaona on a nice 30-yard pickup in the second half. Gaitan also found Pelitire for a 25-yard gainer.
“The offensive line is getting better and the team is growing and improving on a weekly basis,” said freshman coach Alan Burkett.
After winning last week’s district opener vs. Victoria West, 21-20, the JV Trojans found themselves on the losing side of a one-point game this past Thursday against Victoria East.
The Trojans took a commanding lead in the first half and looked poised to roll through the Titans the entire night. Tough runs from Jordan Moore, Joseph Gonzales, and Steven Garcia kept the Trojan offense moving.
Moore scored the first points of the game, finding the end zone from 30 yards out on a fourth and three try. The PAT from Bryan Elliot was good, giving Beeville the early lead.
After the Trojan defense, led by good play from Derrick Casares, Matt Ipock and Joel Larakers, stopped the Titans, the Trojan offense marched the ball down the field and Moore plunged over the goal line from six yards out. Elliot’s PAT was true once again.
On the Titans’ next possession, Ipock made a key sack and the Trojans had an opportunity to score again before the half.
They marched the ball down to the one-yard line, but the clock expired as the Trojans attempted to run a final play of the first half.
The Trojan defense bent but didn’t break to start the second half. The Titans drove the ball into the red zone, where defensive back Steven Garcia intercepted a Titan pass at the 4-yard line.
On the following play, a mix-up in the Trojan backfield led to QB Ramon Martinez getting tackled on the 1-yard line. The referees spotted the ball and marked second down on the down marker, but eventually changed the original call to a safety after many complaints from the Victoria coaches.
Two offside penalties on the following free kick pushed the Trojan kickoff team back to their own 10-yard line. The Titans started their next drive in great field position, and scored easily, making the score 14-8.
On the next drive, Moore again capped off a nice 80-yard drive by scoring from two yards out to go in front, 21-8. The Titans also took advantage of their next offensive chance by scoring and adding a two-point conversion, making it 21-16 with five minutes remaining.
The Trojans knew that a good drive would eat the clock, and they drove the ball to the Titan 35 where they faced a fourth and four try. Martinez connected with Gonzales on a nice pass on fourth down and it looked as if the Trojans would seal the win. However, misfortune then struck. Two consecutive penalties on the Trojans pushed them back and Steven Garcia fumbled on the following play, giving the Titans the ball.
A controversial pass interference call gave the Titans a second chance at midfield on their next possession as time was running down. They scored three plays later to escape with a 22-21 victory.
“I thought our kids played hard at times. We learned a few lessons tonight, and we know we have some things to focus on when we face Floresville,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
“It was just a shame to lose this one the way we did.”
The sub-varsity Trojan teams played Floresville at home on Thursday night and will be on the road again next Thursday when they travel to Port Lavaca to test the Sandcrabs.
Editor’s note: Thanks to coaches Alan Burkett and Stephen Hrncir for the information and assistance in writing this story.