“Saturday night was one of those games that are very frustrating for a coach. With all the injuries we are dealing with right now, we have a lot of kids playing positions that they have never played before. In spite of that, the kids that are in those positions are giving us everything they got,” said head coach Troy Moses.
“This is good to see. I am proud of the way our team has continued to fight to the finish. We just have to start to play the first quarter the same way we play the fourth quarter.”
The Beeville defense stopped Ray on its first possession, but the Trojan offense fumbled on its first play of the first quarter and turned the ball over on its own 36-yard line as Collin Breckenridge recovered for the Texans.
Ray stumbled and the Beeville defense had them in a fourth down call from the 32 with 14 yards for the first. However, Texan QB Marcus Mosley found Ben Brooks in the corner of the end zone on the play, and the tall Brooks went up and came down with the ball for the Ray TD and a 7-0 lead as the PAT kick was good. There was 6:18 left to play in the first quarter.
The Trojans marched 63 yards on their next possession with tight end Hunter Hardy hauling in a deflected pass and then jogging into the end zone. The Ray defender got his hands on the ball, but the tip went right to Hardy, who was behind the defender, and he made his way into the end zone for a 25-yard TD strike from QB Cameron Kremers. Marcos Ulloa was good on the extra point for the 7-7 tie with 3:36 left in the first period.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the early part of the second quarter. QB Mosley for the Texans connected with Matthew Merino from 16 yards out to give the Texans a 14-7 advantage.
Beeville answered with a 65-yard drive in six plays. The drive was capped off with a 42-yard TD throw from Kremers to Joe Rey Garza, who got behind the Ray defenders and had a clear path into the end zone. Ulloa was perfect on the PAT kick, and it was a tie game at 14-14.
Ray’s quick strike offense was at its best on the next Texan possession. It took just one play as Mosley found an open receiver (Merino) over the middle to cover 88 yards and put anther six points up on the scoreboard.
The extra point was good, and the Texans were in front 21-14 with a little over three minutes left in the half.
The Trojans again fumbled on their first play of their next possession, and the Texans pounced on it at the Beeville 40-yard line. A holding call put them back at midfield, but two plays later Mosley found Armando Garza in the clear for a 46-yard scoring strike to make it a 28-14 with 1:55 left in the first 24 minutes. The Trojans got into Ray territory as the half ended but could not mount much of a threat before the clock wound down to zero.
The third quarter went by scoreless as the defenses took center stage. The Trojans began their final scoring drive late in the third, starting from their own 20-yard line. It took 14 plays before the Beeville boys crossed the goal line. Ernest Suniga blasted the final 11 yards for the TD. Ulloa was again good on the kick, and the Trojans pulled to within seven at 28-21 with 9:13 left in the game.
The Trojan defense limited Ray to a three and out after the Beeville kickoff. The Trojans had plenty of time (7:54), and they began their final drive at the Texan 49-yard line.
The Trojans picked up one first down, but the offense stalled at the 30. A fourth down throw went incomplete, and the Ray Texans took over on downs with four and a half minutes left in the game.
Ray used the clock but was forced to punt the ball back to the Trojans; however, with under two minutes left to play, the Beeville offense had 86 yards to negotiate a possible tying score. The Trojans got out to their 44-yard line, but time ran out, and Kremers was sacked on the final play.
The loss leaves the Trojans at 1-1 for the season. Ray is now 2-0.
The Trojans finished the night with 350 yards on offense with 213 of those rushing. Roger Salazar had 64 yards on the night, and Suniga finished with 51 yards to lead the Trojan ground attack. Brandon Nelson finished with 31 yards, and Conrad Ruiz added 30.
Kremers was seven of 14 in passing stats for 137 yards. Hardy had four catches for 67 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Ray managed 87 yards rushing and 315 yards through the air.
The Trojans are back on the road this Friday night when they travel to Cuero to play the Gobblers. The kickoff is slated for 7:30.
Defensive coordinator Kelly Black was at Cuero last year and knows the Gobblers pretty well.
“They are very multiple offensively and will definitely be a challenge for us this Friday. We will face another quality QB in Blake Reeve. He is the head coach’s son and has a great arm,” said Black.
“They, like us, are coming off of a disappointing loss and will be fired up to play. We are excited about the opportunity.”