Bulldog defense dominate Blue/White scrimmage
By Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer
The Bandera Bulldog defense dominated the Dawgs offense by keeping them off the scoreboard while creating four turnovers in last week's annual Blue/White football scrimmage played on Friday, August 8, at Bulldog Nation Stadium.
The new "10-1" defensive scheme, which focuses on a more aggressive effort of getting to the football, will get another test this Friday, August 15, when the Carrizo Springs Wildcats visit Bandera for a scrimmage beginning at 6 pm with the freshmen and Junior Varsity and concluding with varsity action at 7 pm.
It will also be "Soap and Towel " night at Bulldog Stadium with free admission to anyone who donates either bottled bath soap or a bath towel to be used by the Bulldog players throughout the upcoming season.
Bandera Head Coach and Athletic Director David T. Sine, in his second year of leading the Bulldogs, applauded the Bulldog effort following the Blue/White scrimmage while looking forward to the Wildcat skirmish on Friday. "Our kids are excited now that the action is underway and we are really pleased with the effort in our Blue/White scrimmage. We have a new look on both sides of the ball. We have new people in new positions and every position is open right now. We have to stay healthy this year because depth is so very important. Our new-look offense feels like it is the best for Bandera and we will all get a closer look at everything on Friday against Carrizo Springs," Sine remarked.
Bulldog Defensive Coordinator Tim Markgraf had nothing but praise for the new "10-1" defensive scheme and gave a brief explanation of the basic philosophy of the "10-1".
"Our players really like this type of defense and have responded well to the new style that focuses on aggressive pursuit to the football. You can sum it up with the initials RECC which stands for "Relentless Effort Causing Chaos"! With emphasis on being more aggressive and hustling to the football, the focus is on getting to the football," said Markgraf. "The players really like it because now they have a lot less to think about and can concentrate and focus totally on their effort to get to the ball.
"Another benefit of the 10-1 is our ability to line up against any type of offense. We have an answer for any formation the offense throws at us," Markgraf added.
Both the Bulldogs' offense and defense will be challenged by the Wildcats on Friday night and it promises to be an exciting matchup as both teams continue their preparation for the 2014 season.
The Bulldogs will travel to Hondo on Friday, August 21, for their final pre-season scrimmage against the always high flying Owls. Starting times are to be announced. The Bulldogs open the non-district season at home on Friday, August 29, against San Antonio Sam Houston with kickoff set for 7:30 pm at Bulldog Nation Stadium.