By Charles Ballard
SHEPHERD — The Pirates won the “Battle of San Jacinto County” on Friday by downing the Coldspring Trojans 18-12.
Coldspring put the traveling trophy on the bus with the expectations of bringing it back to Coldspring, but the Trojans missed an entire week of practice due to problems with COVID and were not as sharp on the field as previous games.
Shepherd Head Coach Miles Robison said It was a heck of a game.
“We’re just glad we came out on top,” he said. “It could have gone either way, but came down to the final tick before determining the winner. This is the way the Battle of San Jacinto should be played every year. It was good to play quality opponents and see how we would stack up against schools that are similar to us on size.”
Coldspring Coach Ken Stanley said he was very proud of his kids overall.
With only minutes off the clock, Shepherd Pirates QB H.D. Green slid off the left tackle of the offensive line and scooted through the backfield of the Coldspring Trojans for the first TD of the night.
The Trojan Defense just could not keep their focus on the quick-moving offense of the Pirates, and the first quarter ended on a 12-0 score. The Trojans put up their first points with at the 5:46 mark in the second quarter, and the score was 12-6 Pirates at the end of the first half.
The Trojans grabbed their only lead of the game with 2:05 on the clock in the third quarter with a score, putting them up 14-12. Then with 7:42 on the clock during the fourth quarter, the Pirates managed to push across the goal line one more time to push their lead to 18-14.
The Trojans were marching down the field in order to take the game and the win when the Pirates managed to cause a turnover and the Trojans could not stop the Pirates from running the clock out.
Robison said the defense played outstanding, being led by Preston Stephens, Tanner Lacey, Miguel Martinez and Alberto Tovar.
“I think it just came down to us not turning the ball over and eliminating some of the penalties,” Robison said. “We still have a lot to work on but the effort was great all night.”
The Trojan offense was led by Easton Dean with 95 yards on 17 carries and 2 TDs, followed by Eddie Brown with 88 yards on 15 carries, and Luke Monroe had a 2-point conversation pass to Rickey Lewis.
The Pirate offense was led by Green with 150 yards and 2 TDs. Preston Stephens added another TD.
Robison said the Trojans play in Liberty on Friday, a team that runs the same offense as Coldspring.
“Their defense has been very good this year,” he said. “Looks like it could be a very wet week, but we will prepare the best we can. I also believe that Coldspring and Diboll will be playing for a District Championship on the final week for their district.”
For Coldspring, the Tarkington Longhorns will host the Trojans. The Trojans should be favored to win this game, by double digits, if they can stay healthy and have a good week of practice. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 start on Sept. 17 at Tarkington High School Stadium.