Trojans down Premont in home opener



Charlotte’s Christian Estrada tackles a Premont running back. GABI RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte’s Christian Estrada tackles a Premont running back. GABI RUIZ | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte’s football team ran away to earn a 44-24 home opener win against Premont on Sept. 7.

Marc Gaitain made big plays to help the Trojans (2-0) build their lead. He made a leaping catch with 48 seconds left in the second quarter for a 16-6 lead. On the first play of the third quarter, he scored a touchdown.

With a 38-6 lead after three quarters, Charlotte limited Premont for most of the game. After Charlotte allowed 18 points in the fourth quarter, head coach Rene Ortega said that players became tired and his team’s conditioning might be incomplete.

“In [Class] 2A, these guys know they go two ways. I’m from a [Class] 5A school and I played one way,” said Ortega. “If we’ve got to run more, we’ll run more. You can’t let a play down. You don’t get any breaks. If you let down, there’s going to be a big play.”

Christian Estrada made a few tackles for loss in the first half.

“He’s our leader on the defensive end. He’s a force to reckon with on the outside,” Ortega said.

Charlotte’s Marc Gaitan catches a touchdown pass over a Premont defender. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte’s Marc Gaitan catches a touchdown pass over a Premont defender. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte won its first two games in 2016. Ortega has high hopes for its first 3-0 start since 2007 when it plays at Riviera Kaufer (0-2) on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. “Riviera’s a tough team. I feel confident. We get them ready better than anyone in the state of Texas,” he said.

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