The ninth-grade Brahmas posted a 35-14 win over the Trojans. The two Beeville scores were made on a 20-yard scamper by Adam Gonzales and a quarterback sneak from Tony Aleman. Aaron Puente made good on a two-point conversion attempt for the Trojans.
Puente also shined on defense for the young Beeville boys, picking off an errant pass from the Kingsville QB and ran it back for a 22-yard return of the interception.
“The team is improving weekly. We have to keep working toward that first win,” said freshman coach Alan Burkett.
Despite giving up 35 points, there were some bright spots on defense.
“The defense played well; we were in the right spots. We had a few too many missed tackles which led to big plays and scores, however,” said defensive coach Abel Barrera.
“We were impressed with the total effort and play with the freshmen in their first game. The freshmen are motivated and eager to start practice again and prepare for the next game.”
The freshman will host Corpus Christi Ray on Thursday with a 5 p.m. kickoff at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“With each passing practice we have seen improvements with the defensive play,” said Barrera.
The JV contest went to the Brahmas 19-0.
The Trojan offense seemed rattled and nervous from the start, fumbling an exchange between the quarterback and halfback on the first play from scrimmage. That was the first of seven turnovers for the Trojans, who lost six fumbles and threw one interception.
Even with the immense turnover margin, the Trojan defense was formidable. After giving up an early score, the defense bent, but never broke. Nick Harris was solid in the middle of the defensive line, and Chris Salazar added a huge sack that stopped any Kingsville hopes late in the first half. JD Cuevas played well at linebacker most of the night.
Late in the second quarter, the Trojan offense began putting together their best drive of the night, and drove the ball from their own 20 to the opposing 35 before time expired in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was Kingsville 6, Beeville 0.
Hopes to continue the momentum from the drive before the half were dashed when the Trojan returner fumbled the kickoff at the 5-yard line. Kingsville easily scored and the Trojans were never able to recover. Fullback Steven Barrera was the only bright spot for the Trojan offense, rushing for 97 yards on 16 carries.
“I was disappointed in how things turned out tonight. We’ve worked hard all through the summer and two-a-days, and that did not show tonight,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
“As an offensive coach, that performance was embarrassing for our kids and our program. The responsibility for this starts with me. I must hold these kids to a higher standard at practice, especially when it comes to ball security.”
The coaches did see some good things on defense.
“Our defense fought hard and kept us in it, but we could not overcome those turnovers. We have 10 freshmen on our JV, and I forget sometimes that their last game was against an eighth-grade opponent,” Hrncir said.
“Tonight they played against sophomores and juniors, and it seemed like it took them most of the game to adjust to the speed of the game.”
The Trojans never quit and fought all game long against the older and more experienced Brahmas.
“On the bright side, we’re a talented team, the kids never gave up, and we have nowhere to go but up, and we’ll come back this week and try to correct these mistakes vs. CC Ray,” Hrncir said.