Freshman Bulldogs shutout Southwest
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Bandera Bulldogs freshman football team started off the 2013 season with a bang, defeating the Southwest Dragons 26-0 last week. Led by quarterback Bryce Boyd and receiver Walker Hicks, the Bulldogs no-huddle offense seemed unstoppable at times in the game while the defense played lights out as well, holding the running game of the Dragons to a minimum while forcing two Dragon turnovers.
Boyd led the Bulldogs to three touchdowns through the air, while throwing for well over 100 yards.
The Bulldogs' first touchdown of the night came on a 40 yard pass from Boyd to Hicks. The pair connected again later in the game for a 13 yard touchdown, and Boyd finished off a 40 yard touchdown pass to Maverick Wilhelm.
The running game was led by Jacob Kimbrel, Trevor Leggett, Nathaniel Jannell, and Dylan Bess who each had several long hard runs on the night. Kimbrel had the only rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs, taking in a 20 yard run after breaking several Dragon tackles.
"I feel like the running the fast paced offense really tired out the opponent over the course of the game," Boyd said. "That really opened up some holes for the offense.
The defense was firing on all cylinders for most of the night, holding Southwest to only a handful of first downs.
Despite the fact that the Dragons possessed the ball for almost the entire second half, the Bulldogs continued to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage and force turnovers to slow down the run attack Southwest utilized. The first turnover of the night was forced at the end of the first half by Boyd, who intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards. Connor Chesshir recovered a fumble in the second half and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, before a penalty brought the play back to midfield. Justin Garza, Leggett, Jakob Sanchez, and Bess led the Bulldogs on defense, recording several tackles on the night.
"We all came together as a team and utilized what the coaches taught us in practice," Leggett said. "We never stopped hustling, and there was always more than one person making every tackle."
After last week's victory, the Bulldogs will look to improve to 2-0 tonight against the Devine Warhorses. The game will be at Bulldog stadium starting at 5 pm.
"I think that as long as we keep doing what we've been doing and work to build off of our mistakes, we should be ready for any team," Boyd said.