“Calallen was a very good defensive team. They controlled the line of scrimmage and made it difficult for us to run our offense,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“I thought our defense played well, we just gave Calallen good field position all night long and could not get out of the hole.”
It was a tough night for the Trojan offense. It is built around a good, time-consuming running attack, but the Calallen defense kept the boys in burnt orange in check all night. Beeville gained just 68 yards on the ground the entire game. The passing attack was inconsistent but picked up 123 yards on six completions out of 18 tries.
The visitors scored on their first possession of the football game on a 17-yard pass play from QB Derek Scheible to Jared Garcia to give the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats began their domination. The visitors got three touchdowns as the Beeville offense sputtered and gave the Wildcats a short field to work on the rest of the first half.
The Trojans went for a fourth and five at midfield, but a pass attempt went awry and the Wildcats had the ball on their own 40-yard line. Calallen’s Cody Wright took the ball on the first play from scrimmage and went the distance for a 60-yard TD that made the score 14-0 with the extra point kick.
On the hosts’ next possession, a third down pass by Cameron Kremers was intercepted and returned for a score by Calallen DB Austin Castillo. The play covered 43 yards and put the Wildcats out front 21-0 with 9:18 left in the first half.
It was three and out for the Trojans on their next possession. The punt return put the visitors’ offense back in business at Beeville’s 47-yard line. Trojans Joe Rey Garza and Joey Granados made good stops for the Beeville defense and forced the Wildcats into a third and 12 call. The Wildcats passed for the first down to keep the drive alive and wound up pushing the ball across the goal line a few plays later with big man Dillon Vaughan going the final yard. Vaughan normally plays tackle but the Wildcats used him as a running back to bull through the defensive line for that final yard. It was 28-0 with 2:33 left in the first half.
The Trojans put together their only scoring drive of the game on their next possession. The drive started on the Trojan 25 and covered 75 yards. A Kremers to Tanner Trevino completion that went for 37 yards helped keep the team moving.
The Trojans got down to the Calallen 16-yard line when fullback Tristan Pelitire got the ball and glanced off or ran over three would-be tacklers before getting into the end zone for the hosts’ only score of the night. Marcos Ulloa was good on the PAT kick and it was 28-7 at the halftime break.
The visitors added three more TD’s in the second half, two on runs (43 and 11 yards) and the final score with 8:18 left to play was on a 28-yard pass play.
The Trojan offense mustered only 52 yards in the second half.
Calallen ran for 227 yards on the night and added 139 yards passing with most coming on wide receiver screens. The Trojans had just 68 yards on the ground. Pelitire was the work horse with 48 yards on 12 carries. Conrad Ruiz picked up 12 yards on five rushes and Brandon Nelson had two carries for 10 yards to lead the Trojan running game.
Kremers went six of 18 in passing with two interceptions. The six completions accounted for 125 yards on the night. Steven Garcia had one catch for 21 yards. Trevino hauled in two passes for 59 yards. Joe Rey Garza also had two catches, good for 36 yards. Hunter Hardy made one catch that went for nine yards.
The Trojans travel to Tuloso-Midway on Friday night for their season finale.
“With one game to go, our kids are trying to keep their spirits up. This is not what anybody on this team wanted this year to turn out to be, but the young men on this team continue to work and they want to finish the season with a win,” said Moses.
“Tuloso Midway is a scrappy team that has some speed. They were eliminated from the playoff last week, so this will be a game of pride on both sides.”
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.