'New Era' Bulldogs scatter Longhorns in 42-12 romp
By Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer
The 2013 "New Era" Bandera Bulldog football teams, under the direction of first year BISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David T. Sine, turned in a trifecta of victories last week capped off with the Bulldog varsity's 42-12 crushing of the visiting George West Longhorns in opening night Texas High School Football action played on Friday, August 30, at Bulldog Stadium in Bandera.
In disposing of the Longhorns, the Bulldogs clearly served notice to upcoming opponents that this is a new year with new expectations in Bulldog Nation!
The Bulldog football trifecta began with a 26-0 freshmen victory over Southwest on Wednesday and continued on Thursday with a JV 14-6 win at George West.
On Friday night at Bulldog Stadium, the Varsity Dawgs unveiled a whole new system of offensive and defensive schemes that kept the Longhorns off-balance and not quite sure on what to do next.
The Bulldogs' balanced offensive attack was led by junior quarterback Joe Rodriguez, who came off the bench early to complete 12 of 23 passes for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns while managing the game well in his first start at the varsity level. Rodriguez spread the ball around to a fine group of Bulldog receivers that include seniors Jonathan Stoufflet, Ishmael MacNeil, Joe Phair and Caleb Beauchamp along with juniors Noah Nelson, Chance Lopez, Kyle Bauml and Alex Willoughby-Gonzales.
Nelson hauled in a 23-yard TD pass from Rodriguez for the night's first score and later tossed a 42-yard TD pass to Bauml for another Bulldog score. Stoufflet caught three passes that included a 61-yard catch-and- run for another Bulldog touchdown.
Nelson finished with a pair of catches good for 42 yards and a score, while MacNeil (2-42), Phair (3-31), Willoughby-Gonzales (2-17), Bauml (1-42-TD), Beauchamp (1-17) and Lopez (1-7) all contributed to the Bulldogs offensive attack.
The Bulldog running game was equally impressive and totaled 170 yards on 32 attempts. Leading Bulldog rushers were junior Landon Ventura with 83 yards and a TD, MacNeil (5-37), Willoughby-Gonzales (8-25-TD), Stoufflet (1-13) and Beauchamp (1-8).
Leading the way up front for the Bulldogs were center Stephen Young, guards Logan Breen and Kyle Wilson and tackles Chase Haddad and Bryce Dowda.
The Bulldog defense also shined and displayed an aggressive, attacking style that provided plenty of "big hits" that set back the Longhorn effort on more than one occasion.
Junior linebacker Brennan Aguirre put the Dawgs up 13-0 with his recovery of a Longhorn fumble that he returned for a touchdown in the opening period.
Defensive starters for the Bulldogs included defensive tackles Young, Wilson and Nick Andreas along with outside linebackers Lopez and Averie Mansfield.
The inside backers for the Dawgs include MacNeil and Aguirre while the secondary lines up with Beauchamp and Phair at the corners and Nelson and Ventura at the safety positions.
Sine rotated the entire Bulldog team into the game and each player made their own contribution to the Bulldog winning effort.
Sine had this to say following the exceptional effort by the Bulldogs against the George West Longhorns. "I'd like to express special thanks to Bulldog Nation for a wonderful crowd on Friday night. I am extremely proud to be here and proud of the backing by the community. I thought our players came out full speed ahead. We will get the penalties fixed - it got a little sloppy out there in the fourth quarter - but the drought is over and now we need some rain. And we need for you to travel to Devine this Friday. Get your popcorn ready," said Sine.
The Bulldogs travel to Devine on Friday, Sept. 6 to take on the Warhorses in a 7:30 pm encounter at Warhorse Stadium. The Warhorses defeated San Antonio Southside 49-20 in their opener and displayed a balanced offense with 236 yards passing and 210 rushing.
Pictured: Photo by Sandy Jennings
The Bulldogs take the field for the season opener v the George West Longhorns. The Bulldogs served up a 42-12 victory for the Bulldog Nation.