BEEVILLE – The Moreno Middle School eighth-grade Trojans played host to their Alice counterparts last Tuesday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium, and the three games were split as evenly as possible. Each school finished the night with a 1-1-1 record.
The “C” game got things going, and the teams’ defenses were the star of the show. Both squads held their opposing offenses in check, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Beeville’s running game had success on the ground with Kevin Paz running the ball. K. Paz had a 25-yard run putting the Trojans at the four-yard line, but they could not capitalize on the opportunity in the first half.
Trojan QB Logan William went to the air connecting with Eddie Paz for a 30-yard play.
“The Trojan ‘D’ played great, shutting the Coyotes out. Van Dame Delosreyes came up with a big fumble recovery at the end of the game,” said MMS coach Pat Flores.
In the next game, the Trojan “B” team captured a 30-0 victory over the young Coyotes.
Beeville’s “O” started off fast, charging down the field on their opening drive with good runs by Isaiah Moreno and Jesse Castro. Castro punched it in from three yards out to put the hosts on the board first.
The MMS special teams played a big factor in the game with Isiah Moreno stripping the ball from the hands of an Alice player on a kickoff and returning it 30 yards the other way. Moreno finished the scoring drive on a short run. QB Moreno then hit Brandon Barrera for the two-point conversion.
In the second half, Moreno returned a kick-off for a 50-yard touchdown. The Trojans shut out the Coyotes by making some big plays on defense. Gavin Olivares forced a safety in the third quarter, and Jesse Castro intercepted an Alice pass and took it back for a TD on the last play of the game. Barrera led the defense with several hard hits, according to the coaches.
In the “A” contest, the Trojans faced a tough battle Tuesday night against the hard charging Coyotes. Both teams marched down the field and scored on the opening drives. Beeville’s first score came on a pass from Dolton Corpus to Joesea De La Cruz, who was all alone in the end zone.
On the ensuing Alice possession, the Trojan defense forced the ball out of the carrier’s arms and recovered the fumble. The turnover led to an 80-yard touchdown run from Corpus on the following play. The Beeville lead was 12-8 at the half.
In the second half, the Trojans were unable to answer the Coyote offense. Beeville scored one more time off of a kick-off return by Brandon Limonez.
Alice put 26 points on the board in the second half to earn the 34-18 victory.
“Our offense did a good job moving the ball, thanks to some great line play by JD Miller and Jacob Perez. Defensively, our boys played tough, but we struggled to string stops together,” said MMS coach Tim San Miguel.
“I’m confident we will bounce back next week against Calallen.”
The Moreno eighth-grade boys will meet the Wildcats at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night. The seventh-grade squads are scheduled to play in Calallen.