The Trojans used a stout defense along with a ground game that ate up the clock to post their victories. The ninth-graders captured a 6-2 win and the JV boys won, 22-14.
Both the Trojan defense and the King freshman defense were relentless in the night’s opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Trojans did score on their second possession of the game as it ran over into the second quarter. Aaron Gaona rambled in from five yards out with 8:02 left in the first half for the game’s only score. The two-point run conversion was stopped just short. The Trojans had six points and called upon the defense to prevent the Mustangs from scoring.
The young Trojans did just that as Jacob Flores, Daniel Amador, Derrick Salazar, Anthony Ruiz, Ruben De La Garza, Ernest Suniga, James Larakers and Jared Pena shined on defense.
The Trojan running game with Tristan Pelitire, Gaona, QB Andres Gaitan, Dylan Knapp and Kurt Villarreal helped eat up yards and the clock all night.
“The offense did a better job this week, all the players worked as a team, and success was the outcome,” said freshman coach Alan Burkett.
The Mustangs got their two points on a late safety. Beeville’s boys were backed up near their end zone with 16 seconds left in the game and coach Burkett opted to have Pelitire use as much clock on a fourth down play as he could before running out the back of the end zone for the safety.
The Trojans then got to kick from the 20-yard line and got the ball out to the 37.
King could do nothing in the final few ticks of the clock and the Trojans earned the 6-2 victory.
In the JV contest, the Trojans raced out to a 7-0 lead with a first quarter drive that wiped all but 30 seconds off the clock.Brandon Jimenez got the TD on a seven-yard run. Ryan Elliott made good on the PAT.
The Mustangs had just enough time left in the first period to get a 45-yard run for a score.
The two-point conversion was good and the Mustangs held an 8-6 led entering the second period.
The Trojans scored their second TD after recovering a muffed punt by the King return man. Derrick Casares jumped on the loose ball. Jimenez got his second TD at the 2:52 mark of the second period and Roger Salazar ran in the two-point conversion to make it a 15-8 Trojan lead at half.
That score held up through the third period but the Trojans added a final score on a two-yard plunge from Joseph Gonzales. Elliott was good on the kick and it was 22-8.
The Mustangs had one last-ditch drive and the final play resulted in a 14-yard scoring strike as time expired. The final went to the Trojans, 22-14.
“Our defense was good all night and the offense controlled the tempo of the game,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
The sub-varsity teams have a bye this week but will travel to Victoria next Thursday night to battle the West Warriors.