Hunting on and off the gridiron
Sept. 23, 2013 at 4:23 a.m.
GOLIAD - Tracking down running backs and receivers is easy for Trey Moya.
Hunting wild hogs is another matter.
The Goliad senior takes care of the former during practice and on Friday nights.
He joins uncle Robbie Camacho for the latter whenever possible.
"We run dogs," Moya said. "We have two different sets of dogs. You have dogs that go and find the hogs. They go and bark at them. Then you have your catch dogs like pit bulls and bigger dogs, and they'll go and grab the hog. You come in behind them and stab it with a knife."
Moya admits the hunts get "really intense," and while he has never been bitten, he has been hit, and he isn't wearing pads.
"Other than football, that's what I'm doing," Moya said. "If I'm not playing football, I'm hog hunting."
Moya takes the same approach at his safety position as he does on a hunt.
Moya has helped set the tone for a Goliad defense, which has allowed an average of less than 10 points per game heading into Friday's District 15-2A, Division I opener at George West.
"He'll hit you," Goliad head coach John Mares said of the 5-foot-6, 140-pound Moya. "He's a tough little sucker. He's not scared of anyone."
Moya and the Tigers enjoyed their second shutout of the season in last Friday night's 27-0 win over Mathis.
"A lot of it is the senior leadership with guys like Trey," Mares said. "I think defensively, we've played some of the best ball we've played in a long time. We always expected our offense to take off, but our defense has been a big surprise."
Moya gives much of the credit to the defensive line for making the secondary's job easier.
"Our line's great," he said. "They do what they need to do. When they get a tackle in the backfield, we're all back there. We're all helping each other. We're like a swarm of bees."
The Tigers had their focus tested against Mathis. They were forced to wait out two weather delays totaling about 45 minutes before finishing the game.
"That was the big thing," Mares said. "Sitting in the dressing room for that amount of time and going out and playing for 10 minutes and coming back and sitting again for 28 minutes. You never know how they're going to react, but they met the challenge."
Goliad finished fourth in district last season and missed the playoffs. A similar finish this season would get the Tigers into postseason play.
But the Tigers have bigger goals.
"I think we're well aware of what we're going into," Mares said. "Last year was ... we didn't know that much about the teams. I really think we're way ahead of the game in that aspect."
Moya is well-versed in staying a step ahead of his prey, whether hunting or playing football.
"This year, we've come back buckled down and ready to play," he said. "We're running five defenses and two offenses. We're way ahead of where we were."
Clear as mud
The weather caused 14 area games to either be postponed or canceled.
The UIL allows the teams involved to decide whether a non-district game is an official contest.
Van Vleck led Palacios 13-6 at halftime when the game was called off.
Van Vleck is considering the game a win, and Palacios is calling it a no contest.
Unless the UIL has a specific rule, it usually defers to NCAA rules.
NCAA rules essentially state the athletic directors from the schools involved must agree on the outcome.
That would seem to suggest the Palacios-Van Vleck game would be a no contest.
However, the UIL rarely gets involved in such disputes.
Thus, in this week's District 13-2A, Division II standings, Van Vleck is credited with a win.
Palacios does not receive a loss in the District 14-2A, Division I standings.
The same is true of the Sealy-Smithville game involving teams from districts 25-3A and 26-3A.
Sealy is credited with a 2-0 win, but Smithville does not receive a loss.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this column at AdvoSports.com.