“I was really proud of the way our boys played Friday night. G-P is a very good football team and we proved that we can play with teams at that level,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“We took some big steps Friday night, we played our best overall game of the year.”
The Wildcats used a big play from Bisby on a third and long call. Bisby was almost caught near the line of scrimmage, but broke free and rambled in from 49 yards out for the first TD with 5:19 gone in the first quarter.
The visitors took their next possession and carried the ball back into the end zone after converting on a fourth and four call deep in Beeville territory. Geiser then found an open receiver in the end zone from 14 yards out to make it 14-0 with 2:14 left in the quarter. Field position was in G-P’s favor on both drives.
The Trojans looked good on their next possession and Roger Salazar moved the ball into the end zone on a three-yard run, following his blockers on the right side of the line. The TD capped a 14-play drive and made it a game at 14-7 with 8:16 left in the half. A 41-yard run by fullback Tristan Pelitire set up the score for the hosts.
The defense for the Trojans held off the Wildcats the rest of the first half. The Wildcat defense did the same and the scoreboard was still at 14-7 at the break.
The Trojans stalled on their attempt to tie the contest in the second half and had to settle for a 26-yard field goal from Marco Ulloa with 1:47 left in the third quarter to pull within four at 14-10.
Geiser then took control. With the Trojan defense bottling up Bisby and limiting his yards, Geiser broke free on a keeper for 58 yards and the third G-P touchdown of the night to make it 21-10 and give the Wildcats a little breathing room. The game was now a two possession contest. The G-P score came with 10 seconds left in the third period.
The Trojan offense sputtered the rest of the game and could not sustain a drive to reach the end zone. The G-P boys added another TD as time was winding down as Geiser went the final four yards to make the final a 27-10 win.
“The difference in the game was that we didn’t take advantage of some opportunities that we had. Offensively we had a few little mistakes that cost us big,” Moses said.
“Right now I am very confident in our team and where we are. We are playing our best at the right time.”
G-P rushed for 248 yards on the night and added another 56 through the air. The Trojans ran for 191 yards on 42 carries. QB Cameron Kremers connected on just five of 16 pass attempts for 46 yards.
Pelitire finished with 101 yards on 14 totes but left the game in the third period after re-injuring his ankle. Friday’s game was his first game back after rehabbing an earlier high-ankle sprain.
Salazar added 53 yards on 13 rushes. Steven Garcia went 28 yards on seven tries.
Hunter Hardy had two catches for 27 yards while Joe Rey Garza hauled in three of Kremer’s passes for 19 yards.
Defensively, the Trojans played hard-hitting, aggressive ball. Linebacker Joey Granados led the way with eight tackles on the night. Conrad Ruiz added six while Dylan Knapp and Brent Puga each had five tackles.
The Trojans travel to Victoria on Friday to try and improve their 0-1 district record and 2-3 season mark. The West Warriors will provide the competition and the kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.