The Tuloso-Midway Warriors came back twice over the Moody Trojans during Friday's game at Warrior Stadium, but a hard fought fourth quarter ended in a 38-36 loss.
At the start of the night's football game, the Trojans pushed hard on their first drive, marching downfield over the first four minutes of the game. Moody's Eddie Daniel was the first to put the Trojans on the board, scoring on a short touchdown run to cap the drive.
Despite their work, both on the ground and in the air, Moody could not seem to aim on field goals and extra points.
With three minutes left in the first quarter, Tuloso-Midway running back Alberto Vega made a quick five-yard scamper up the left sideline for the Warriors' first touchdown, followed by a good kick from Joseph Seguro, who showed he could be counted on throughout the game for the extra point.
Moody came up again before the half with a catch by Trojan wide reciever Johnny Gonzalez. Once again, the extra point failed to materialize, ending the half at 12-7.
The Trojans moved to increase that lead early in the thrid quarter with a touchdown pass by quarterback Matthew Gutierrez to receiver Eddie Daniel for a 20-7 lead.
The Warriors pressed ahead late in the third with a pair of back-to-back touchdowns from Kyle Smith and Tyler Smith putting the Warriors in the lead briefly at 21-20.
With 32 seconds left in third quarter, Trojan running back Chris Jones ran six yards on a second and goal for the touchdown. Again, Moody's two-point attempt was a wash.
Tuloso-Midway's next possession going into the fourth quarter saw the team speed downfield and reach the end zone once again with a short one-yard run by Tyler Smith. Warrior Macloveo Reyes followed up with a two-point run, putting Tuloso-Midway on top, 29-26, with 10 minutes left in the game.
Trojan Johnny Gonzalez made his second touchdown catch of the night with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. But not to be outdone, Tuloso-Midway answered back just 50 seconds later with a 15-yard touchdown run by Armando Adams, placing the Warriors ahead again, 36-32.
For the last four minutes, Tuloso-Midway's defense attempted to stop a struggling Trojan offense. Although the Warrior defense held the Trojans to long fourth downs, they could not capitalize on those situations to shut down the Trojan offense. In a final third and goal situation, Gonzalez once again worked his speed for the Trojans, pushing those last six yards for the touchdown. Once again, the kick was no good, but Moody had the two point lead they needed to hold at 38-36, leaving only 24 seconds for the Warriors to work with.
With back to back incomplete passes, the Warriors were unable to move past the 50-yard line during those precious seconds to get into field goal range.
Tuloso-Midway Head Coach Joe Sendejar said his team was outmatched on a few plays that made the difference.
“We scored on the ball and our kids played hard. We just couldn't put them away. We just need to keep our nose to he grindstone and keep working out. We're going to keep practicing on the mistakes we've made,” Sendejar said. “Our defense did a pretty good job. Sometimes they make a mistake and it costs us. Offensively, we have to score every time we get the ball, and we didn't do that.”
The Warriors next game will be against the Ray Texans on Friday.
Before the start of the game, Tuloso-Midway Independent School District trustees held a re-dedication ceremony for the track, which was recently renovated. The memorial track is named in honor of former Tuloso-Midway High School track standout Judy Murphy Hatch. Surounded by Hatch's family members and friends, her bronzed running shoe was installed on the memorial wall, and the ladies cross country team ran the inagural lap on the newly renovated track surface.
The Banquete Bulldogs traveled to Freer to take on the 3-4 Buckaroos, winning, 28-12.
Freer won the toss and chose to receive, but it was the Bulldogs who put points on the board first. A little over three minutes into the game, Ricky Benavides ran one in for the Bulldogs. Brother and quarterback Ben Benavides followed up with a touchdown of his own with 6:04 left in the second quarter.
By the end of the first half, these two brothers accounted for Banquete’s two touchdowns with Manuel Garcia backing them up by capitalizing on both field goal attempts. The third quarter seemed to be a repeat of the first, with Jacob Gonzalez scoring the longest running touchdown for the Bulldogs within the first three minutes of the clock’s start.
Early in the fourth, Ben Benavides scored Banquete’s final touchdown. It was then that the Freer Buckaroos answered the Bulldogs' touchdown with one of their own. With a little less than half of the fourth remaining, Davey Arredondo ran for 75 yards on a pass by Jacob Cantu, putting six points on the board. The kick failed.
With a little less than three minutes remaining, Cantu ran another one in for the Buckaroos giving them a total of 12 points. This game proved to knock out that old saying, “Better late than never.” These two touchdowns were not enough to answer to the Bulldogs four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs will be taking on the Premont Cowboys for their homecoming this Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.