The Beeville boys took advantage of six Southside turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions) to blow out the District 29-4A runner-up. The Cardinals finished the season with a 7-4 overall record.
The Trojans improved to 6-5 and have an area date with rival Calallen on Friday in Sinton at 7:30 p.m.
“Everything we had worked for over the past 12 months came down to Friday night. Our kids had set a goal last November to put a ‘gold ball’ in the trophy case, and the victory on Friday would give them a bi-district championship trophy,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
The first three possessions of the game resulted in two Beeville punts and one Southside punt. The Cards finally got untracked and went 82 yards in just four plays late in the first period to lead 7-0 with the PAT sailing through the uprights.David Herrera got the TD from 13 yards out to give the Cards the short-lived lead.
The Trojans started their next drive at their own 20-yard line and covered the 80 yards in nine plays to tie the game at 7-7. Ryan Rangel busted through from three yards out.
That score carried into the second period but it did not last too long. The Trojan defense forced the Cardinals to punt on their next possession and took over the ball on the Trojan 47. Rangel got two tough yards up the middle and then QB Brooks Holder found a wide open Frankie Gurtierrez for a 51-yard TD pass and the Trojans went in front 14-7 with just a little over 10 minutes left in the first half.
The Beeville cover team did its job on the ensuing kickoff and pinned the Cardinals at their own 19. On a third and seven call, Trojan linebacker A.J. Rojas blitzed and sacked Cardinal QB Noe Garza and forced a fumble. Trojan Henry Galindo scooped up the bouncing ball and returned it all the way down to the 1-yard line.
Fullback Rangel got his second TD with a one-yard blast up the middle to give the Trojans a 21-7 lead with 9:04 left in the half.
The Southside boys returned the next kickoff out to the Beeville 47 and set up their offense to try and get back in the contest.
One first down later, the Cards were faced with a second and eight call from the Beeville 33. Trojan safety Holder reeled in a one-handed interception at about the 20-yard line and returned it back to the Southside 40.
The Trojans got the ball down to the eight, but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal off the toe of Marcos Ulloa to lift the score to 24-7. And, there was still 3:03 left in the half, plenty of time for the Trojans to score two more touchdowns.
The Beeville kickoff cover team forced a Southside fumble by return man Juan Avila to put the Trojans back on offense at the 18. It took just one play as Holder connected with Gutierrez on another aerial strike that covered the 18 yards. The drive took just a few seconds and made it 31-7 with the PAT kick. Time left on the clock was 2:52.
The kickoff return was again fumbled by Cardinal Avila and the Trojan offense was back on the field at the Cards’ 8-yard line. Rangel got his third TD three plays later from three yards away. The PAT kick was missed, but the Trojans were in front comfortably, 37-7.
Southside rallied late and pushed the ball deep into the Trojan end of the field right before the half. Defensive back David Garcia ended the threat with an interception.
A Maverick Martinez interception for Beeville highlighted the scoreless third quarter. The Cardinals were driving but Martinez stepped in front of the receiver and made the clean catch at the Beeville 6 to keep the score at 37-7.
The Beeville defense forced the Southside offense to give up the ball early in the fourth period on downs. The Trojans took over on their own 49-yard line and worked the short field to perfection. Five plays later, Rangel picked up the final 27 yards for his fourth TD to make the final score a 43-7 dominating win.
“We were focused and ready to play a great game. We were able to make some big plays on defense and on special teams, and that is what gave us that boost that we needed,” Moses said.
Rangel finished the night with 106 yards on 16 carries and the four touchdowns to pace the Beeville offense. Eric Rosales contributed 70 yards on seven carries. Gutierrez added 21 yards on seven tries. Trey Thomas went for 17 yards on five totes and Holder rushed for 14 yards on five attempts. Tristan Pelitire had one carry and covered one yard. Holder was a perfect four for four throwing the ball for 104 yards. Gutierrez hauled in three passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Adcock made the other catch and it was good for 25 yards.
The Calallen Wildcats are the 31-4A champs and sport a record of 10-1 on the season and will be coming off a 46-10 win over Mercedes.
The Calallen club has won 10 straight after a opening loss to powerhouse Port Lavaca.
“Calallen is on a roll, they have won 10 straight and look like a very sound team. But, it is the playoffs where anything can happen,” Moses said.
“I believe in our team and I feel we can play with anybody. There are some things that they do that we will be able to take advantage of. We are playing our best at the right time of the year. I anticipate it being a very exciting game that comes down to the wire.”