The win came in the district opener for the Trojans and upped their overall record to 3-2. The Texans are now 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play.
“It is always good to get that first district win and even better when it is the first district game,” said Trojan head coach Chris Soza.
“Offensively, although not always pretty, we got the job done and moved the ball effectively against a pretty good defensive team.”
The Trojans ran for 295 yards on 39 attempts for a total offense figure of 452 yards.
“Our running game was effective and the passing game was somewhat adequate but there remains room for improvement in both areas,” Soza said.
Beeville jumped out in front early with Devin O’Leary getting the TD from three yards out with 6:22 left in the first quarter. The Trojans marched 80 yards on their first possession with the big play a third and 12 call from the Texan 32-yard line. QB Soza hit Jordan Nelson for a 29-yard gain to give the Beeville offense a first and goal. Cody Hernandez made good on the the extra point, the first of six straight for the Trojan place-kicker.
It took Ray not quite two minutes to tie the game on a short run to cap off a 59-yard drive. The Trojans still had plenty of time to tack on one more score by the end of the first period.
That last drive of the first quarter covered 94 yards in just four plays. Soza ran for 55 yards to move the ball deep into the Texans territory and then found Frank Gutierrez alone in the end zone for a TD completion that put the Trojans in front 14-7 with just 27 second left in the first.
The visitors tied it with a nine-yard pass from O.J. Sanchez to Reed Clemens to get things back to even at 14-14. The two offenses traded punts on their next two possessions but the Trojans began their final drive of the first half at the Texan 44 with 2:11 left on the clock.
Running back Val Valdez picked up 15 yards early in the drive and Soza ran for 19 to get the ball down to the Texan 7. O’Leary hauled in a Soza aerial for those final seven yards to give the Trojans a 21-14 lead going into halftime.
The Trojans failed to move the ball after the kickoff in the second half and were forced to punt. Ray took over at its own 42 and quickly moved into Trojan territory. A running play went for 22 yards and then two passes covered 15 and 13 yards, respectively, to put Ray at the Beeville 8-yard line.
The Texans tried four straight passes but all failed as the defensive backfield came up big with some good pressure also being applied by the Trojan defensive line and linebackers. Ryan Ramirez put the pressure on Ray QB Sanchez on the fourth down pass attempt and the throw went incomplete to turn the ball over on downs to the Trojans at their own 8.
Beeville used all but 2:04 of the remaining third quarter to go 92 yards in 15 plays. Fullback Aaron Shirley, Valdez and Soza picked up good yardage along the way. A 12-yard completion from Soza to Lazaro Smith put the Trojans at the Texans’ 4-yard line. Soza took it the rest of the way on the very next play to give the Trojans a 28-14 lead.
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Ray tried to close the gap in the remaining couple of minutes, but a throw-back pass play went awry. The toss back to the Ray QB fell short, but it was a lateral and Trojan Jo Anthony Zamora picked up the loose ball and scampered 57 yards for the Beeville touchdown as time expired in the third quarter. That gave the Trojans a 35-14 lead.
Ray scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter to make it a 35-21 game, but the Trojan defense came up big again after the Beeville offense was stopped by an interception at the Texan 3. It was three and out for Ray, forcing them to punt from their own end zone. The Trojans started their final drive of the night at the Ray 32 and it took just five plays to reach the end zone as QB Soza sneaked it over from just a few inches out to give Beeville the win at 42-21.
“Defensively, we took away their run game early on but gave up lots of yards via the pass,” said coach Soza.
“Ray has a very good offensive scheme that is going to pose problems for many defenses. The bottom line is that we played a good football team and came out on top. Our kids played hard and we are continuing to improve in all areas.”
The Trojan defense held the Texans to less than 100 yards rushing but gave up 256 yards through the air.
The Trojans were led by Soza’s 122 yards rushing and his 142 yards in passing. He scored twice rushing and twice more in the air. Shirley also ran well, collecting 91 yards on 13 carries. Valdez rushed for 51 yards on nine totes. O’Leary added 27 yards on the ground to his two catches that covered 46 yards. O’Leary scored twice, once on the ground and once through the air. Jordan Nelson ran twice for 14 yards.
Frank Gutierrez hauled in three passes for 35 yards and one touchdown. Nelson had two catches for 26 yards and Smith made two grabs for 24 yards. Derell Jackson had one catch for nine yards and Brandon Harris added one catch for three.
The Trojans travel to Gregory Portland this Friday night to meet the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.
“G-P’s 1-3 record is deceptive as they could very easily and should be 3-1,” said coach Soza.
“They will be fired up for us as they host us again.“
The Wildcats rely on their running game for the most part. They run off a slot-T formation and have been getting better execution each time out, according to coach Soza.
“They are a ball control offense. Defensively, they are playing some good football. We have to be consistent in the things we do offensively and limit our mistakes,” Soza said.