The A.C. Jones Trojans played host to the Sinton Pirates on Saturday night while the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats lined up against host Flatonia and Boling. The Pettus Eagles traveled to La Villa to test the Cardinals and themselves.
Sinton burned the Trojans on two quick early passes for touchdowns, but the Beeville boys then adjusted and kept the visitors scoreless the rest of the night.
“We learned a lot from our first scrimmage of the year. We now have something to improve on,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“Defensively, we started off slowly but adjusted to the speed and really played well the rest of the way.”
On offense, the Trojans moved the ball on the ground with Tristan Pelitire, Eric Rosales and Roger Salazar making good runs. Steven Garcia saw spot duty as did Lucas Glew and both were highly productive when in the game. Quarterback Cameron Kremers missed a few passes but also hit a few that led to big gains for the Trojans against the Pirates.
Backup Trojan QB Tanner Treviño connected with Rosales on one TD for the second Trojan offensive unit.
“Offensively, we had a list of plays that we wanted to get on video, and we didn’t stray from that list. Sometimes when you do that, it’s hard to move the football, but we executed well for this early in a season,” Moses said.
“We still have a lot of work and improving to do before we play Kingsville, but I’m excited about our potential.”
Defensively, the Trojans stopped the running game of the Pirates most of the scrimmage; it was the Sinton first team passing attack that caused most of the Beeville problems. Tevin Wilson, Brent Puga, Joey Granados, Pelitire, Dylan Knapp and most of the defensive front seven played with fire and intensity.
The Trojans travel to Orange Grove on Friday to meet the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in their final tune-up before opening the season at home against Kingsville on Aug. 31.
Pettus head coach Dan Garza saw what he expected from his Eagles against La Villa.
“I feel this first scrimmage went as planned. We got to see the scripted plays in action with a good first look at players that we initially saw as potential starters,” said Garza on Monday.
“We were able to score twice on some great effort by our entire offense, and we feel pretty good about our defense allowing only one score. There is certainly more work to do and things to correct as we approach our second scrimmage against Karnes City on Thursday.”
The S-T Bobcats played a three-way scrimmage against host Flatonia and the Boling Bulldogs.
The results were mixed for first year Bobcat head coach Russell Joy.
“We did some good things and a lot of not so good things. We still have a lot of question marks in our heads as to what to do,” Joy said.
“It didn’t help that Flatonia schemed us like it was a playoff game. They were jumping their front around and stunting backers.”
The Bobcats are learning a new system and the scrimmages are a learning tool. Line assignments are crucial, and it is just a matter of time before the Bobcats pick up the reads, the coach said.
Joy also got a look at his starting backfield of quarterback R.J. Estrada, fullback Ryan Lakso and tailback Kyle Nelson under fire for the first time
“We’ve got a lot of work to do in the offensive line, but the good thing is it’s all fixable,” Joy said.
“All in all, it was a great effort, but still confused in some spots in the offensive line.”
The S-T boys will line up for their final scrimmage on Thursday night in Poth against an always tough Pirate team. The JV scrimmage kicks off at 5 p.m.