Bulldogs host Hurricanes in season opener
By Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer
The 2014 Bandera Football Bulldogs, fresh off a spirited and physical final scrimmage at Hondo last Thursday night, will complete their final preparations this week as they get set to open a new season of Texas High School Football on Friday, August 29, when they play host to the San Antonio Sam Houston Hurricanes. Kickoff for the opener will be 7:30 pm.
The Bulldogs battled the Owls at Hondo and came away with some big plays both on offense and defense and showed improvement on both sides of the ball. The Bulldog defense provided the highlight of the evening with a goal-line stand to stop the Owls a yard short of the end zone after four rushing attempts inside the five yard line. The stop by the Bulldogs put an end to a 20-play possession by the Owls and provided a big boost for the Bandera offense.
On the Bulldogs' first possession, senior running back Alex Willoughby-Gonzales broke away on a 74-yard sprint for an apparent Bandera touchdown but the play was called back because of a penalty.
The Owls only score of the scrimmage came during the 20-minute running clock period on a 2-yard TD pass coming on a fourth down situation from the one-yard-line. Hondo had started the scoring drive from the Bulldog 20-yard line after recovering a Bandera fumble.
Bandera bounced back in the overtime period when senior running back Landon Ventura ran it in from 8 yards out for a Bulldog touchdown on the final play of the scrimmage. Joe Rodriguez tacked on the PAT for the Bulldogs.
Bandera AD and Head Football Coach David T. Sine heaped praise on the Bulldog effort at Hondo and pointed to the goal-line stand as the big moment of the night. "That was a great defensive stand and it was huge for our team. We are physically stronger this year....I'm not sure we could have done that last season. We have 10 different players on our front three defensively and seven defensive ends coming off the edge," Sine said.
Sine also complimented the Bulldog offensive unit but will be looking for improvement on the offensive line this week. "We moved the ball pretty well at times but our offensive line has got to improve and we will be working hard to get where we need to be."
Sine also complimented the Hurricanes, the only 5-A team the Bulldogs will face this year. "We have a big test Friday night. The Hurricanes are extremely athletic and loaded with talent and speed. Our biggest test will be their team speed. Playing a team like Sam Houston only makes for a better performance from our players," Sine explained. Sine concluded his thoughts by saying this; "I am really excited about this season. We have a great coaching staff and a solid group of kids. We are ready for Friday Night Lights! Come early, be loud, wear blue and stay late and don't forget to bring your popcorn!"
Friday nights opener will also be 'Lil Bulldogs Night. All campers with T-Shirts will be given free admission and are asked to meet under the scoreboard at 6:45 pm to lead the Bulldogs onto the field for the 2014 home opener.
Next week, the Bulldogs will travel to Ingram to take on the Warriors.