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2013-10-10

Bulldogs host Wimberley in district opener Friday

by Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer

The new season in Texas High
School Football and the race for the
playoffs begins on Friday, Oct. 11
when 2013 District play gets
underway with the Bandera Bulldogs
playing host to the Wimberley Texans
in the District 27AAA opener at
Bulldog Stadium in Bandera. Kickoff
for the highly-anticipated matchup is
at 7:30 pm.
Both the Texans and the Bulldogs
finished 2-3 during the pre-district
season while the Texans began the
year as the favorite to win the district.
Other teams in District 27AAA
include the Navarro Panthers, who
finished pre-district with a perfect 5-0
mark and are currently ranked #9
(Sub-5A) in the San Antonio Area and
the Boerne Greyhounds, always a
tough opponent late in the season.
The Canyon Lake Hawks and the
Fredericksburg Battlin' Billies are the
remaining teams in the 27AAA loop.
The top four teams in the six-team
district will go on to the 2013 playoffs
at the conclusion of the district
season.
Friday night's matchup between the
Bulldogs and the Texans promises to
be an intense encounter as both
teams have renewed determination
to go on to post-season play. Both
teams are under the direction of firstyear
head coaches. Former assistant
Doug Warren leads the Texans in the
2013 season while David T. Sine
brings a new system to Bulldog
Nation in his first season as the
Bandera ISD Athletic Director and
Head Football Coach.
The Texans are led offensively by
junior running back West Lambert
(6'1"-195) and junior quarterback
Colton Cerday (6'1"-190). Lambert
is a big, strong back who runs the 40
in 4.5 and is the central figure in the
Texans running attack. Cerday
engineers the Texan air game and
has completed 50 percent of his
passes for 775 yards and 7
touchdowns.
Up front, the Texans feature
offensive linemen Triston Moore, Eric
Alana and Will Blackburn. The Texan
defense returned five starters from
last years' Area Finalists team and
has traditionally played their best
football during the district season.
The Bulldogs are playing in an
entirely new system since Sines'
arrival in April. During the five-game
pre-district season, the Bulldogs
have, at times, displayed an ability to
strike quickly and put points on the
board offensively while the defense
has shown that they are capable of
stuffing the opponent and coming up
with big plays in critical times.
The Bulldogs preparation for the
Texans begins up front with the
offensive and defensive line play.
Senior center Stephen Young is the
leader on the Bulldog offensive line
that includes seniors Logan Breen,
Bryce Dowda, Garrett Rose and
Ethan Greven and juniors Corey
Jennings, Chase Haddad, Kyle
Wilson, John Derry, Alex Gonzales
and Shane Reynolds. Each also play
on the defensive side of the ball and
will be counted on heavily during the
upcoming district season.
Junior Joe Rodriguez will handle the
quarterback chores while juniors
Noah Nelson and Averie Mansfield,
a l o n g w i t h s e n i o r s C a l e b
Beauchamp, Jonathan Stoufflet and
Joe Phair, lead the Bandera receiving
corps.
Juniors Landon Ventura, Alex
Willoughby- Gonzales and Kyle
Bauml share time at the running back
position. Senior Maverick Hicks will
do the placekicking while Nelson
does the punting for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, the Dawgs are led by
senior linebacker Ishmael MacNeil,
along with junior linebackers Averie
Mansfield, Chance Lopez and
Brennan Aguirre. MacNeil recorded
54 total tackles during pre-district
play while Mansfield totaled 48 (30
unassisted), Lopez 46 and Aguirre
38. Aguirre has also recovered and
returned two fumbles for touchdowns
for the Bandera defense.
The Bulldog secondary is led by
senior Caleb Beauchamp and
includes Nelson, Phair, Stoufflet,
junior Brady Keane and sophomore
Brayton Schmidt. Seniors Reed
Blake, Taylor Konvicka and junior
Turner Warren will rotate in the
Bulldog defensive scheme against
the Texans.
"Friday night's winner sits in the
drivers' seat of District 27AAA," said
Coach Sine.