“I was proud of how the boys came out and played for four quarters. We were sharp in all phases of our game and we needed this after last week’s performance,” said Trojan head coach Chris Soza.
The Trojans scored twice in each quarter to dominate the contest from the opening whistle. Quarterback Eric Soza threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in the contest. Soza finished the night with 158 yards passing on eight of 14 aerials and rushed for 117 yards on just four carries with touchdown runs of 49 yards and 44 yards.
He was not alone in dishing out the punishment to the Pirates, however. The Trojans amassed 533 yards of offense on Friday night, their top performance of the year.
Beeville ran for 376 yards with Val Valdez scooting for 98 yards on nine tries. Jordan Nelson collected 85 yards on four carries which included a 69-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Jeremiah Puente went 60 yards on four totes, which included one TD run for 31 yards. Ryan Ramirez had one scoring run and also hauled in a TD pass from Soza that covered 67 yards. Matthew Botello (22 yards) and Derell Jackson (15 yards) had the other two scoring catches in the first quarter.
The Trojans led 14-0 at the end of the first period and pushed that to 28-7 at the half. Rockport-Fulton scored on a Dalton Conway pass to 6-foot, 8-inch tight end Kevin Lynch from three yards out with 4:39 left in the second quarter.
That combination worked again on a six-yard TD strike in the third. Conway connected with receiver Chucky Rodriguez for a late fourth quarter TD for the final Pirate points.
The Trojans took a 41-15 lead into the final quarter with the second offensive unit taking most of the snaps in that final period. Nelson capped off the Beeville scoring with his TD scamper of 69 yards.
“Offensively, we scored every time with the number ones. We had a very productive night at the QB position and we had some good performances by our backs due to the offensive line controlling the line of scrimmage,” Soza said.
The Trojan defense was again tough to run against. The guys up front limited the Pirates to 65 yards on 35 rushing attempts.
“Defensively, we played real well. Our front seven did a great job all night long and if wasn’t for the 6-foot-8 receiver they had, the score might have been lower,” Soza said.
“Our kicking teams also showed the much needed improvement we were looking for.”
The Trojans are assured of a playoff spot with the win over Rockport-Fulton but will want to take care of business this Friday night by defeating Moody at Cabaniss Stadium.
“Moody is struggling at this point. We have to come out with the same enthusiasm and intensity and deliver a knock-out blow early in this game. We need to carry this momentum into the playoffs so it’s important we play very well,” Soza said.
The kickoff in Corpus Christi is set for 7:30 p.m.