Texans charge past Bulldogs, Hawks up next
by Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer
The defending 2012 District 27AAA
Champion Wimberley Texans began
their 2013 defense of the District
Crown by charging past the Bandera
Bulldogs 47-7 in opening night district
football action played on Friday, Oct.
11 at Bulldog Stadium in Bandera.
With the victory, the Texans start the
district season off at 1-0 (3-3 overall)
while the Bulldogs slip to 2-4 overall
and 0-1 in district play.
The Texans and Bulldogs engaged in
a physical and spirited battle into the
third period when, with the Texans
leading 20-7, Bulldog running back
Landon Ventura broke loose on a 71-
yard touchdown run that temporarily
ignited the home town crowd.
Unfortunately, the play was called
back for a penalty near midfield and
the play turned out to be a
monumental turning point in the
From that point on, the Texans
mounted a hard charge that produced
27 unanswered points as the team
from Wimberley rolled to a 47-7
The Bulldogs ran the ball well at
times while the passing game was
limited by a hard-charging Texan
defensive line. Ventura led Bulldog
rushers with 84 yards on 13 carries
while Alex Willoughby-Gonzales
tallied 58 yards on 9 tries. Bulldog
quarterback Joe Rodriguez added 10
yards on six carries for Bandera.
Rodriguez also completed 7 of 18
passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Leading Bulldog receivers included
Noah Nelson with 2 catches for 33
yards and Caleb Beauchamp with 2
catches for 27 yards and a
touchdown. Ventura (1-12),
Willoughby-Gonzales (1-1) and
Jonathan Stoufflet (1-13) also
contributed to the Bulldog offensive
effort against the Texans.
On the defensive side of the ball, the
Bulldogs were led by junior linebacker
Averie Mansfield with 11 total tackles.
Ventura, Reed Blake and Ruben
Vargas each recorded 9 total tackles
to the Bandera defensive effort while
Ishmael MacNeil (8), Caleb
Beauchamp (8) and Kyle Bauml (8)
also chipped in with fine efforts for the
defensive Dawgs. Bryce Dowda (6),
Corey Jennings (5) and Brennan
Aguirre (5) also turned in big
performances for the Bulldog defense.
Aguirre had a tackle for loss, a sack
and an interception while Jennings
and Reed had tackles for losses and
Mansfield a sack against the Texans.
The biggest game of the year for the
Bulldogs is Friday against the Canyon
Lake Hawks. It is a "must win game"
if the Dawgs hope to secure a 2013
playoff berth. Despite the loss to an
extremely talented Wimberley team,
all is well with a win on Friday night!
Bandera Athletic Director and Head
Football Coach David T. Sine referred
to the Wimberley game as a
"nightmare" while expressing concern
over this weeks' visiting Canyon Lake
Hawks. "We throw a pick-six, have a
71-yard TD run called back, have a
chance to cut the lead to six late in
the third and lose by 40! It was a
nightmare and it won't go away until
we play again," Sine said.
On the upcoming matchup against
Canyon Lake, Sine had this to say;
"Canyon Lake is the best 0-6 team in
the state. They run the slot-T on
offense and 4-3 on defense.
The Hawks are big and
physical and our backs are
against the wall! It's Blue
Out Bandera Night Friday!
Get your popcorn ready!"
Kickoff vs. Canyon Lake
is at 7:30 pm at Bulldog
Stadium. The Hawks
dropped a 38-14 decision
to the Fredericksburg
Battlin' Billies in their
district opener at Canyon
Lake but are considered to
be a much better team
than their record may
Despite their opening
night district losses, the
Bulldogs and the Hawks
will both be playing for a
continued shot at a postseason
playoff berth. The
top four of the six 27AAA
teams will advance to the
2013 State Tournament at
the conclusion of the
In other 27AAA action last
week, the Navarro
Panthers defeated the
home team Boerne
Greyhounds 44-20. This
weeks' schedule has
Boerne at Fredericksburg
and Navarro at Wimberley.