Cuero took an early 6-0 lead in the 7B game but the Trojans tied things up with a TD from Marco Fuentes on a short run in the second quarter. The game was still knotted at 6-6 at the half.
The Gobblers had one third quarter score and a two-point conversion but the Trojans got third period scores from Fuentes and Tony Aleman to take a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
The defenses then took over and the fourth quarter was scoreless to keep the young Trojans in front 20-14 for the win.
Eric Tapia and Tommy Dominguez came up big on defense for the Trojans.
In the 7A game, the Trojans put up eight points in the first quarter on a J.D. Martinez touchdown run of two yards. Chon Hernandez made the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
The 8-0 score held up the rest of the way as the defenses tightened down and prevent any further scores. Joe Morin and Titus Puente played well on the defensive side of the ball and came up with big hits and big stops for the Trojans.
“The boys did a great job for the first game of the year. We only had two penalties the entire 7A game,” said seventh-grade coach Randy Maupin.
“The defense played great and shut them out. These seventh-graders are not afraid to hit hard. We will keep working hard and continue to get better every day.”
The 8B game went to the Trojans 16-8 as the running game helped propel the MMS boys to the victory. Brandon Nelson, Allen Rojas and Robert Jimenez carried the bulk of the running game and each stepped off some good runs.
The touchdowns came on a 29-yard jaunt from Jimenez and a 79-yard run from Rojas.
The defense allowed one Cuero score early in the game but that was all the Gobblers would get off the Trojan “D”. The defense was led by the play of Matthew Botello, Clifton Dillon, Geronimo Guerra and Trey Ruiz.
The 8A contest was a defensive struggle. Cuero took the lead with a first period TD and the two-point conversion. The 8-0 score held up throughout the first half.
The Trojans got on the board in the third period on a 19-yard scoring strike from QB Tanner Treviño to receiver Cameron Kremers. The PAT run was good to tie the game at 8-8.
The Gobblers took the next possession all the way on their first play from scrimmage for a 67-yard scoring run to get the lead back at 16-8 with the two-point conversion. Neither team scored in the final period to give the Gobblers their lone win of the evening at 16-8.
“I was really proud of both teams. The offensive lines played well,” said eighth-grade coach Bobby Del Bosque.
“It’s (the play of both teams) a good foundation for the season. We’ll be looking to improve in every game.”
The two Trojans of the week were Cameron Kremers for his play on both sides of the ball and Allen Rojas for his offensive running game.
The MMS boys met Alice on Tuesday night with the seventh-grade boys playing in Beeville and the eighth-graders playing at the Coyotes’ stadium.