The freshman Gobblers outdistanced the Beeville boys 44-22 while the JV Cuero squad won a 25-6 battle.
The freshman boys opened the grid action on Thursday and the Gobblers scored one first period TD and tacked on a two-point conversion for an early 8-0 lead. Trojan Logan Rios plunged in from one-yard out to put the hosts on the scoreboard early in the second period. Rios also made good on the PAT run to tie the contest at 8-8.
The Gobblers answered with a touchdown run from their QB to regain the lead at 16-8. Titus Puente scampered 40 yards for Beeville’s next score to make it 16-14. The PAT conversion run was stopped short by the Cuero defense.
The Cuero quick-strike offense added one more TD before the half as the teams went into the intermission with the Gobblers holding a 22-14 advantage.
Cuero marched 50 yards on their first possession of the second half to add another eight points to their total. The visitors led 22-14 at the end of the third period.
Beeville closed the gap to 28-22 early in the fourth quarter as Rios got his second TD on a 35-yard run. Rios again executed the two-point conversion run to make it a 28-22 contest with 8:32 left in the game.
The Gobblers broke it open with two more TD’s and two, two-point conversions before the buzzer. A long kickoff return set up one score and a Trojan fumble helped the Gobbler cause on the second score.
“We played a great first half, and I feel that perseverance will get us a win. We need to pull that extra effort out of their bodies for a better second half and a win,” said freshman coach Alan Burkett.
The JV contest had all the scoring completed by the halftime break. The Cuero boys struck for 19 first period points and then added a touchdown in the second quarter. The Trojans got their lone score from running back Steven Barrera on a short plunge into the end zone late in the period.
The second half was a good defensive battle with neither team giving an inch. The Trojans got good “D” from Chris Salazar, E.J. Bryan, JD Cuevas, Adrian Acevedo, Trey Ruiz and Ryan Pena throughout the game.
“Cuero has a talented JV team, and they played well. They were able to take advantage of a few of our mistakes, and that was really the key,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
“Last week, when we played mistake free, we were able to capitalize and win. This week, we had far too many errors, in terms of blown assignments and turnovers, and that was the difference.”
The freshman and JV squads will travel to Ingleside on Thursday evening to meet the Mustangs.