Game littered with penalties and miscues

Jaime Gonzalez, The Kingsville Journal

CORPUS CHRISTI - In a game filled with penalties from both teams on both sides of the ball, plus two ejections, it was turnovers that finally did in the Kingsville Brahmas as they fell to the Moody Trojans, 20-12, at Cabinass Field Friday night.

After an interception, the second for the Moody defense in as many drives, set up the Trojans at the Brahma 25-yard line with less than three minutes remaining, a 20-yard pass from Christian Gallegos to Rudy Flores, plus the two-point conversion, with only 1:05 left in the game sealed Kingsville's fate.

"We just didn't play very well," head coach Andy Hrncir said.

The game started with the Trojans going on almost eight-minute drive that resulted in an early lead for Moody. The score came on a fourth-and-eight play from the Brahmas' 20-yard line on a pass from Christian Gallegos to backup quarterback Jesse Meza that put Moody ahead 6-0 with the extra point attempt being no good. The touchdown was the first score the Trojans put up in three games this season

On Kingsville's next drive, two big runs into Trojan territory were called back on consecutive holding penalties that killed the Brahma's march.

The Trojans then drove deep into Brahma territory once again, but three penalties inside the Brahma's 20-yard line ended the Moody momentum and resulted in a missed field goal that kept the score 6-0.

Kingsville took advantage of Moody's missed opportunity and drove down for the field that tied the game at 6-6. A roughing the passer penalty on the Trojans set up a 32-yard pass from Vega to Nick Garcia that tied the game with 5:32 remaining in the first half. However, just like the Trojans, the Brahmas missed the extra point and the score remained deadlocked.

During the drive however, Kingsville's Art Hays was ejected for two personal fouls. The ejection was the only thing that marred the Brahma's scoring drive.

Just like the first half, Moody took the lead early in the second half on what started as a routine screen pass. After a LeeRoy Salinas sack forced a third-and-35 from their own 35 yard line, Gallegos threw a short pass to Nick Hinojosa who went the rest of the 65 yards for the score. The score remained 12-6 with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter after the Brahmas stopped a two-point conversion attempt.

Kingsville's special teams came into play as Travis King tied the game, 12-12, with a 64-yard punt return Just like the previous attempts during the game, the extra point attempt was no good and kept the score even with 1:36 left in the third quarter.

An exchange of turnovers ruined a Brahma scoring chance in the middle of the third quarter. After driving down the field, Kingsville turned the ball over on a bad snap at the Trojan four yard line. Moody could not capitalize though and gave the ball right back to Kingsville on a fumble the very next play.

This time it was the Bulls who could not take advantage. The Brahmas thought they had a touchdown on a six-yard pass from Vega to Larry Ochoa but a penalty nullified the score. An interception by James Woods on the next play officially ended the Brahma threat.

Back up quarterback David Lewis saw limited action in the second half.

"Randy was dead tired. He wasn't coming off the field at all," Hrncir said. "I just gave David a shot."

The Brahmas return home to Javelina Stadium Friday for their homecoming game against Mission Sharyland at 7:30 p.m.