JV Tigers start year with pair of victories
Floresville’s Alex Mermea (28) races down the sideline during the junior varsity Tigers’ win over Brackenridge last Thursday evening.
The Floresville junior varsity Tigers got their season off to a great start with a win over Highlands on Aug. 29, and a second victory over Brackenridge Sept. 5.
Against Highlands, the Tiger defense, led by Andy Joslin, Gabino Mermea, Josh Roberts, Jacob Sendejo, Alex Mermea, Rafael Arocha, and Abundio Banda, recorded a shutout for the game and didn’t give up much yardage, as the Owls struggled all game long.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by some tough running from Juan “Juanny Football” Medina, Alex Mermea, and Carlos Cruz. The Tigers got on the board late in the first quarter with a tough run by Mermea from 8 yards out. The 2-point conversion was successful after a nice pass from Dalton Schroller to Stefen Villanueva. Schroller continued to play well in the second half and completed a pass to Rafael Arocha for another Tiger touchdown.
The junior varsity team was 1-0 after the 14-0 win.
The junior varsity Tigers then went back to work last Thursday, as Floresville hosted the Brackenridge Eagles, and dominated the game from start to finish.
The Tigers scored first on a nice run from Mermea, with some great blocking by the offensive line of Banda, Tyler Leyva, Trevor Gonzales, Colby Bauer, and Josh Roberts. Also playing well on the offensive line was Ryan Rodriguez. Offensively, the Tigers were led the rest of the way by the running of Mermea and Villanueva. Schroller had another good game passing with touchdown passes to Matthew Trevino and Arocha.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by some tough play by Mermea, Sendejo, Jesse Pacheco, Joslin, and Banda. The Tigers had two interceptions on the night, one by Schroller and the other by Denton “Ball Hawk” Cordell III.
One of the best defensive plays all night was made by Arocha. The Eagles were on the Tiger 2-yard line and ran a quarterback sneak. Arocha broke through the line, stripped the ball, and ran it 97 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the referee inadvertently blew the whistle, so the touchdown didn’t stand, but the takeaway was good.
The Tigers won 18-6, and are now 2-0 as they head into their bye week. The junior varsity team resumes play on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Lanier.