“What a game to be a part of! I am very happy for our players. They have gone though some very tough times the past months and it’s nights like this that make it all worthwhile,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
The game started out looking like the Trojans were in for a long, long night. Beeville fumbled away the opening kickoff and gave the Sandcrabs the ball at the Trojan 38-yard line.
Calhoun QB Brandon Sanders ran the option on the first play from scrimmage and outraced the Beeville defense 38 yards for the first score. It was 7-0 Sandcrabs with just 27 seconds gone in the game.
The Trojans drove the field on their first possession and got down to the Calhoun 1, looking to tie the contest. It was not to be, however, as a Beeville fumble turned the ball over to the Sandcrabs at the 4-yard line.
Calhoun covered the 96 yards in 12 plays for their second TD and a 14-0 lead as the first quarter came to an end.
The Trojans started their next possession at their own 26-yard line and went 74 yards on 13 plays. No fumbles this time as Trojan quarterback Brooks Holder connected with tight end Lazaro Smith for a 5-yard scoring strike to put the Trojans on the board at 7:43 of the second quarter.
Port Lavaca got one first down on its next series, but the Trojan defense forced a fumble and Zack Castro pounced on the loose ball for the Trojans at the Beeville 28.
It took the Trojans 15 plays on this drive to find the end zone. Holder again hooked up with Smith from five yards out for the Trojan TD. Placekicker Lonnie Jordan was dead straight again for the extra point and it was all tied up at 14-14 with just 25 seconds left in the first half.
Three Sandcrab passes were incomplete to end the first half still tied at 14.
Beeville started the second half with a short kick that Trojan Sebastian Rodriguez recovered at the Calhoun 36. Jeremiah Puentes got a nine-yard gain on a crucial third-and-six call at the PL 31 to keep the drive going. Puentes and Holder then connected for the TD from 14 yards out for a 21-14 Beeville lead.
The Sandcrabs took the ensuing kickoff at their own 36. Sanders again tried a sweep left, but the ball squirted free on the first play from scrimmage and the Trojans regained possession at the Calhoun 44.
The Trojans picked up two third down conversion on their march to the goal line. Brandon Harris got 20 yards on a third-and-10 play and Frank Gutierrez went 15 yards on a third-and-four call to give the Trojans added life.
Jordan Nelson went the final five yards for the fourth Beeville TD and a 28-14 lead over the stunned Sandcrabs.
Calhoun pulled within one TD with a score early in the fourth quarter to make it a 28-21 game with 10:27 left. That was to be the visitors’ last score.
The Trojans covered the Sandcrabs’ on-side kick attempt at their own 44-yard line.
Beeville used the next five minutes to drive the 66 yards for their final TD. Holder threw for his fourth touchdown of the night by hitting a wide open Gutierrez for the 16-yard scoring strike. Jordan’s kick made the final a 35-21 upset win.
“After being down 14-0 in the first quarter, we could have just laid down and let them walk all over us. But, we kept fighting and dominated the rest of the game,” Moses said.
“This is a great win, but we have got to keep our heads on and finish out the season with two victories.”
Calhoun finished the night with 251 yards rushing and only one completion for six yards.
The Trojans ran well for 233 yards on the night and Holder completed 12 of 18 attempts for 163 yards through the air with four TD passes.
Nelson, Harris and Gutierrez all rushed for more than 60 yards apiece for the Trojans. Puentes finished with more than 40 yards.
The Trojans travel to Rockport on Friday to meet the Pirates. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.