The Warrior freshman downed the Beeville ninth-graders 38-14 and the Trojan JV unit returned the favor by defeating the Warrior squad 28-7.
Trojan running back Logan Rios got the Beeville freshman squad out front early with a good run into the end zone with 8:55 left in the first period. Rios also pushed his way through the Warrior line for the two-point conversion for a 8-0 Trojan lead.
That lead held up through the rest of the first quarter, but the Warriors exploded for 22 second period points to lead comfortably 22-8 at the half.
The West team picked right up with its offense in the third period and added two more TD’s to lead 38-8.
The Trojans were able to punch in one last touchdown on a 35-yard scamper from Rios. The conversion failed to make the final a 38-14 win for the Warriors.
Offensively, the Trojans were led by the running of Rios. Titus Puente hauled in five passes from QB Tony Aleman for 46 yards on the night. Tommy Dominguez had one reception good for a 21-yard gain.
The JV game did not start to well for the Trojans. An early fumble on their first possession gave the ball to the Warriors. The Trojan defense stepped in and shut down the Warriors, however, and got the ball back into the hands of Trojan QB Ryan Pena. Running back Robert Rodriguez capped off a short drive with a nine-yard run into the end zone for the first score. The PAT failed, but the Trojans held a 6-0 lead with 3:14 left in the first period.
The Warrior offense struggled and Beeville’s Justice Estrada intercepted a Warrior pass at the Beeville 13-yard line to thwart a scoring drive. The Trojan offense, behind the running of Steven Barrera, Samuel Navarro and Rodriguez, marched down the field as the first half was drawing to a close. QB Pena covered the final three yards on a run around the right side to give the Trojans a 12-0 lead with 1:47 left in the half. Fullback JD Cuevas pushed his way into the end zone for the extra two points to make the score at the half 14-0.
The Warriors did nothing on their opening drive of the second half. The Trojans got the ball back at midfield and calmly drove the ball deep into West territory. Rodriguez got his second TD on a pitch from Pena and the score went to 20-0. The conversion run came up just short for the hosts.
Victoria West broke into the scoring column with a 30-yard completion on the next possession. The PAT kick was good to make the scoreboard read 20-7 with just five seconds left in the third period.
The Trojans were forced to punt on their next possession, but the Warriors turned the ball over on another interception as Nico Flores picked off a Warrior pass.
The Trojans failed to move the ball, but had one last try on offense a little later in the contest.
Rodriguez finished the Warriors with a 55-yard run into the end zone for his third TD for a 26-7 advantage. Pena ran for the two-point conversion to make the final 28-7.
“This was the first game where our offense performed as well as the defense. The defense has been stellar all season, and the offense rose to that level tonight,” said JV coach Stephen Hrncir.
“One thing we’ve lacked the last few weeks is the big play, and we had plenty of those tonight.”
The Trojan teams were off this week with a bye but will resume their district play next Thursday on the road in Victoria when they meet the East Titans.
“I was proud of all of the kids tonight, and the fan support was great. It’s always nice when we can put on a show like that in front of the home fans,” Hrncir said.