For over a year now, area residents in Robstown have been able to enjoy a little bit more football than just the traditional Friday night games. With state championships in Arlington wrapping up the high school season this past weekend, six area alumni football teams took part in a three game series. Games were played at Fairgrounds Field all day on Saturday.
Traditionally a baseball field, president of Robstown's alumni team, Arturo Gonzalez, said that games at the facility were fun, but different.
“We went out there and took measurements so we could get the field converted,” Gonzalez said. “It was difficult because we didn't have goal posts. We had to change the rules, so every score meant a two-point conversion.”
But Gonzalez believes that the stadium was a perfect fit for such activities.
“We loved playing at the fairgrounds,” he said. “We were able to get three games in. That's something we wouldn't be able to do anywhere else. Most high schools are hesitant to just have one game, let alone three.”
As a result, Calallen alumni defeated Tuloso-Midway 18-8 and Moody alumni took a 30-6 win over Banquete. In the Championship game, the Robstown alumns were able to please the home crowd with a 14-0 win over Carroll. Robstown's win gave them the title of South Texas Alumni football champions.
As far as turnout, Robstown was able to bring in the largest crowd of the six squads.
“The weather kind of messed up our plans, as far as turnout,” Gonzalez said. “But we had a good crowd.”
The Robstown group used their proceeds to donate to the Nueces County Robstown Youth Football League. Tuloso-Midway also gave their proceeds to the league. The youth league will be an upstart league for next season.
“We raised real good money,” Gonzalez said. “Right now we are standing great financially to get the league started. Now it's just a matter of getting our registration in.”
Gonzalez said that future plans for Robstown to play Banquete are in the works.