“Friday night we did everything we could to win the game, we outplayed Victoria East; things just didn’t go our way. I felt after the game that we were the better team and I was extremely proud of the way our team prepared and executed our game plan. We couldn’t of asked for anything more,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter but the kicking of Beeville’s Marcos Ulloa on the conversion tries put the Trojans in front 14-13 as the first period ended. Beeville got touchdowns from Tristan Pelitire on a one-yard run and a three-yard run from Roger Salzar. The first TD was set up by a pass from QB Cameron Kremers to wide-out Tanner Trevino. Trevino hauled in the pass and made it to the 1-yard line. The play covered 34 yards.
The Trojans had possession of the ball at the end of the first quarter and their drive carried over into the second, eating up 70 yards and about eight minutes off the clock.
A steady running diet of Salazar and Pelitire ate up the yards down to the 16-yard line. Kremers then went to the air and found Joe Rey Garza for the scoring strike on a first down play to give the Trojans a 21-13 lead with 6:47 left in the first half.
Ulloa made good on the extra point and then perfected an onside kick that was recovered by Trojan Steven Garcia to give the ball right back to the burnt orange Beeville boys. The Trojan offense marched downfield but stalled inside the East 20-yard line. A couple of penalties put an end to the drive, but Ulloa made good on a 33-yard field goal to increase the Trojan lead to 24-13 with 1:10 left in the first half.
It turned out to be just enough time for the Titans to find the end zone. East QB Jonathan Ortega scrambled from 24 yards out and into the end zone with 22 seconds left in the half. The extra point conversion again failed for the Titans to make the score 24-19 with the Trojans holding the upper hand, if not the momentum.
The Titans kept things going on the first possession of the second half.Victoria East drove 52 yards with Ortega getting his second running TD of the night. The PAT run was successful and the Titans held their first lead of the game at 27-24.
The teams traded possessions before the Trojans got back on the scoreboard. A 57-yard drive after a Titan punt was capped off with a two-yard run from Salazar and, with Ulloa’s kick, the Trojans were back in front 30-27 with 8:46 left to play.
The Titans had plenty of time to add two TD’s to their side of the scoreboard. QB Ortega got his third rushing TD with a little over a minute left and earlier had thrown his third passing TD to pull away from the hosts for a 40-30 victory.
The Trojans had one of their better offensive performances with 216 yards rushing on the night to go along with 130 yards passing. The Titans ran for 127 yards on just 22 attempts and picked up another 186 yards through the air against the Beeville defense.
Tristan Pelitire led the JHS rushing attack with 71 yards on 18 carries. Salazar finished the night with 63 yards on 18 totes. Garcia carried 41 yards on eight rushes. Lucas Glew added 34 yards on three attempts. Garza ran once for a seven-yard gain.
Kremers hit seven of 16 throws for 130 yards. Trevino had one catch for 34 yards. Hunter Hardy had two catches for 22 yards. Garcia made one reception for 35 yards while Garza finished with two receptions for 34 yards. Pelitire hauled in one of Kremer’s passes for five yards.
The Trojans are on the road on Friday night at Port Lavaca Calhoun. The Sandcrabs are the 10th-ranked 4A team in the state and are undefeated on the season. It will be a tough task for the Trojans to pull an upset.
“They are a quality football team. I enjoy being put into these situations. It gives us a chance to raise our level of play and to do something that people don’t think can happen,” Moses said.
“There is nothing better than having the opportunity to prove people wrong. Friday night will be a challenge for our team, but I believe in what we are doing and I believe in our kids.”
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.