Bulldogs explosive in Wildcat scrimmage
By Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer
The 2014 Bandera Bulldogs exploded for four scoring plays against the Carrizo Springs Wildcats to take the edge in the first controlled scrimmage action for both teams played on Friday, August 15, at Bulldog Nation Stadium in Bandera.
After nearly two weeks of two-a-days and banging on each other day after day, both teams were happy to get on the field against another team. Both teams got plenty of needed work on both sides of the ball and provided some big plays for the fans throughout the two-hour workout.
The Bulldog defense took the field for the first 20 plays of the scrimmage and the Wildcat offense began with their first possession at their own 30-yard line. The Wildcats then started the scoring fireworks with a 70-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive. The Cats then began their second offensive drive at their own 30 and on a second-and-twelve from their own 43 struck for another jolting 75-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.
Despite the fast-start by the Wildcat offense, the Bulldog defense remained poised while the offense provided some fireworks of their own to the big-play explosion. Senior wide receiver Noah Nelson hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Utah Hicks and booted the successful PAT to start the Bulldog scoring parade. Tryston Butler came up with a Bulldog interception on the Wildcats next series; then on the Bulldogs second possession, Hicks teamed up with junior wide receiver Brayton Schmidt for a four-yard TD toss to cap off a 6-play 70 yard drive.
Later in the action, senior quarterback Joe Rodriguez, after guiding the Bulldogs on their first possession, returned to action to begin a new offensive possession by the Bulldogs. On the drive, Rodriguez scrambled for 22 yards for a big Bulldog gain and the possession concluded with a blistering 70-yard touchdown run by junior running back Walker Starnes.
The Bulldogs capped off their offensive fireworks with a jolting 64-yard scamper by senior running back Alex Willoughby-Gonzalez during the 20-minute running-clock period. Rodriguez and Nelson tacked on successful PAT's following the Bulldog scores.
Linebacker Nick Andreas led a Bulldog defense that kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard following their two-touchdown fast start in the first five plays of the night.
Coach David T. Sine was pleased with the Bulldog effort and looks forward to the scrimmage at Hondo today. "We started off a little slowly but picked it up and did a lot of things well," Sine said. "We are happy to be injury free, too. The offense and the defense both played well. Andreas had a big night and sparked our defense. We have to continue to get better in the next two weeks. That's the plan."
The Bulldogs continue scrimmage action tonight, August 21 at Hondo beginning with freshmen at 5 pm, JV at 6 pm and Varsity at 7 pm. The scrimmage with the Hondo Owls will be a stern test for the Bulldogs and serve as the final evaluation for several players seeking playing time during the coming season.
Regular non-district season opens at home Friday, August 29, against San Antonio Sam Houston with kickoff at 7:30 pm.