All three Bee County high school squads get into their regular season play on Friday. The Trojans will host the Kingsville Brahmas at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Trojans lost their starting backfield to graduation, for the most part. Only tailback Eric Rosales is back this year for head coach Troy Moses. Finding a new quarterback and two new running backs were the main objective of Moses and his staff. Both the front runners bring something a little different to the playing field. Both QB’s are sophomores and Cameron Kremers has the early nod. The 6-6, 200-pound lefty has an edge in the passing game over Tanner Trevino, but Trevino is the more versatile and possesses more quickness in his game. Both should see time and when not at QB they can fill other roles on the team. Trevino has been working as a defensive back and as a wide receiver. Kremers may see some time at tight end or receiver as well.
The Trojans had their final tune-up on Friday when they met an improving Orange Grove team.
“We scrimmaged a very good Orange Grove team. They were big and had a lot of speed. I was very happy to see how we rose to the occasion; they jumped on us early but we stayed with it and I felt we were in control the last half of the scrimmage,” Moses said.
“We were able to make a couple of stops on defense and executed the offense well. I like where we are right now, I think we are ready for our first game vs Kingsville.”
The Brahmas return their big offensive threat in QB John “Bam” Houston, who is equally adept at running or throwing the ball.
“Kingsville is a program that is on the rise. They have improved every year and this year is no difference,” Moses said.
“Their best player is their QB; he is a great athlete and a playmaker.”
The Trojans will need to keep Houston under control and keep the ball with their daunted running game. Steven Garcia, Roger Salazar, Tristan Pelitire and Ernest Suniga will share the running load with Rosales.
Rosales, Joe Rey Garza and tight end Hunter Hardy will be the main targets for the Trojan passing game.
Moses likes his team’s chances though and sees some bright spots ahead for the Trojans.
“I am excited to get the season underway, I want to see how we perform on Friday night. Every team is different and I think this team has the potential to be great. We just need to believe in each other and ourselves,” Moses said.
The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats traveled to Poth in their final scrimmage of the year. The big ‘Cats will host Three Rivers on Friday evening in an area Dog and Cat fight.
“Last week’s scrimmage showed us some more things we needed to know about ourselves. We did a lot of things much better than the previous week, but we found some things that we cant live with as well,” said Bobcat head coach Russell Joy.
The TR Bulldogs dropped down to class 1A this year, but were a 2A playoff team a year ago.
“We have Three Rivers who return a lot from last year’s playoff team. We are going to have to be extremely disciplined to slow down their misdirection slot T attack,” Joy said.
The system the Bobcats are learning is new under Joy and it’s going to take awhile for the Bobcats to be comfortable with it.
“We are also going to have to eliminate mistakes on offense to move the ball effectively. We are still in the learning stages with this being a new system. Friday night is going to be a good dipstick as to where me measure right now,” Joy said.
The Pettus Eagles took on the visiting Karnes City Badgers on Thursday in their final scrimmage of the preseason.
“We did quite well. Our offense scored twice while our defense was able to hold the Badgers to just one TD,” said head coach Dan Garza.
The Eagles travel to Shiner to play one of the top private schools in South Texas, the Shiner St. Paul Cardinals, a state champion in 2010 and a state runner-up in 2011.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.