Moreno eighth-grade squads split with Warriors
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BEEVILLE — The Tuloso-Midway Warriors had a tough time with the Moreno Middle School Trojans on Tuesday night. The first game had the Warriors score a third period TD to ease in front for a 12-6 win over the B team, but the A team Trojans dominated the visitors for a 35-0 win.

The short-handed, injury-plagued Trojan B team came up short, falling to the Warriors 12-6. Mark Gutierrez would scored the only touchdown of the night with a 60-yard touchdown run on a fourth and long call. Gutierrez got good blocks from Garron Treviño, Donald Shreve, Michael Carbajal and Brady Campos.

The defense was led by defensive tackles Marcus Perez and Matthew Gonzales. Aaron Garza and Julian Davila also played well on defense, according to the coaches.

“This B team was dealing with a lot of injuries throughout the season, and a lot of our boys stepped up to the challenge and filled those positions that were needed. This is a very coachable group of young men with a bright future ahead of them,” said head coach Pat Flores.

The 8A team started and finished on a good note Tuesday night. The Trojans started the game fast as Steve Barrera broke loose on a 25-yard run down to the 15-yard line. Dustin Torres then carried the ball up the middle for the Trojans’ first touchdown.

Barrera wasn’t done, as he scored two touchdowns from 44 and 61 yards out later in the contest. He finished the night with five carries and 133 yards rushing. Torres also finished the night with five carries for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Virata was most impressive, having just three rushing attempts for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also shined on defense with four tackles, and he was good on four of four PAT kicks for the Trojans. Virata attempted a 44-yard field goal in which he was just short by about three yards.

“Michael worked out all summer, running, lifting weights, working on agility, and for him to even have a kicking distance of 40 yards as a eighth-grader, that is something special. He’s the total package in every phase of the game,” Flores said.

“He’s one to watch over the next four years.”

The offense wouldn’t have any success if it wasn’t for the offensive line, which consisted of John Ross Carbajal, Rudy Casarez, RJ Gonzales, Kristian Castro, Alex Quiroga and Jessie Gutierrez.

The defense recorded a shutout against the Warriors, as the Trojans caused two turnovers and one went for a touchdown. Dylan Wyatt intercepted a Warrior pass and took it to the end zone from 60 yards out. The defense was led by Jacob Castro and Jordan Cantu as they combined for 18 tackles and three sacks.

“This group of kids are going out with a bang. I am confident that we are sending a good group of kids to the high school next year,” said defensive coach Ruben Lopez.

“These kids are understanding the fundamentals of the game and will be prepared for their freshman year.”
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