The A.C. Jones Trojans began their regular season play with a trip to Alamo Heights last weekend and picked up one win against some tough competition.
The Trojans then were at home on Tuesday night and lost a well-played game with the Corpus Christi Ray Texans, 5-2.
The trip to San Antonio had the Trojans facing the host Alamo Heights Mules in their opening match of the season. The experienced Mules are always tough and defeated the Beeville boys, 6-0.
The Bandera Bulldogs were up next and the Trojans captured a 4-3 win with two goals from Jose Amador and one apiece from Levi Draper and Preston Tabb.
The 5A O’Connor Panthers provided the Trojans the competition in their final match of the tournament. The Trojans weren’t able to score on the tough Panthers and lost a 5-0 decision.
“It was a learning experience that will help us improve,” said JHS head coach Gerald Bermea.
“It was an exciting win (against Bandera) which proves that we have a lot of potential and with further preparation, we will be big contenders to win a district championship this year and earn a playoff spot.”
The Trojans met the visiting Ray Texans last night on the make-shift playing field on the football practice field. The score was knotted at 0-0 for much of the first half but the Texans exploded a little past the halfway mark with four quick goals on the Trojans.
The Beeville boys salvaged some respect in the first half as Amador guided a quick kick past the Ray keeper to move the Trojans a little closer at 4-1 before the end of the first half. The Texans fouled in the box and Amador made good on the penalty kick.
The Trojans had a few chances to pull closer in the first half and throughout the second half but shots grazed the top of the cross bar or went just wide.
Both teams got one more goal apiece in the second half as the defenses stepped up their play. Amador got his second goal of the evening late in the match to make it a 5-2 final.
Defensively, the Trojans got several good saves from second half keeper Ricky Cardwell. Bobby Rice, Dillon Janson, Frank Gutierrez, Preston Tabb, Josh Parkman and Ivan Martinez all showed signs of being tough to score on.
J.J. De La Garza pushed things offensively for the Trojans from his forward position.
“The loss that we had last night against C.C. Ray was a tough way to open our season at home. However, we are encouraged to work on improving our play and taking it in to the Corpus Christi Tournament this weekend where we will face Ray once again,” Bermea said.
The Trojans will remain on the road after the CCISD tournament. A return trip to Alamo Heights to challenge the Mules again is set for Jan. 19. The Beeville boys will be in Alice on the following Tuesday evening to meet the Coyotes. The road trip ends with a Feb. 5 District 57-4A match at San Antonio Southside.
The Trojans will return to play in Veterans Memorial Stadium on Feb. 9 when the Pleasanton Eagles visit.