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Greyhounds race past shorthanded Bulldogs

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

The state-ranked Boerne Greyhounds improved their season record to a perfect 5-0 with a 37-0 shutout of the shorthanded Bandera Bulldogs in week five football action played on Thursday, September 28 at Boerne. With the setback, the Bulldogs fall to 2-3 on the year and this week take on the always dangerous Antonian Apaches on Friday, October 6 at Antonian High School in San Antonio. Kickoff at Antonian will be at 7:30 p.m. The District 14-4A-Dl Greyhounds, currently rated 6th in the State standings ahead of longtime powers Katy Taylor and Plano East, had little trouble dealing with a shorthanded Bandera Bulldog squad which was without the services of six starting players. The Bulldogs put up a courageous fight but the Greyhounds proved to be the dominant team they have been billed as.
The Greyhounds opened the Boerne scoring on their first possession of the game, a 6-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped off by senior quarterback Brooks Klutts’ 13-yard run for a Boerne touchdown. Wilson Herbst tacked on the first of his five PAT’s for the night and Boerne held a 7-0 advantage with nine minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Later in the first period Klutts hooked up with Greyhound wide receiver Doug Hodo on a 70-yard pass for a touchdown and coupled with a Herbst PAT, a 14-0 Boerne lead which held up at the end of the first quarter. In the second period, the Greyhounds tacked on 16 more points on a pair of Klutts’ TD passes and a safety. Early in the second, Klutts again found Hodo on a TD pass of 5-yards and later hooked up with Connor Fisher on a 23-yard TD toss for his third TD pass of the game. Herbst hit on both PAT’s and the Greyhounds scored on a safety in the period to extend their advantage to 30-0 at halftime. The Greyhounds final score of the night came in the third period when running back Colton Pool ran it in from two yards out with 9:38 to go in the third quarter. Herbst’ fifth PAT of the night set the final score at Boerne 37, Bandera 0.
Despite the loss of six offensive starters, the Bulldogs, at times, moved the ball well but the Greyhound defensive speed was just too much to handle. Bandera Assistant Head Coach Jason Botos commented on the Bulldog effort while looking ahead to the return of several critical Bulldog starters. “Boerne week found us playing a very fast, aggressive defensive team on a short week with 6 starters out and a couple of others banged up. We knew as we game planned that we were going to be shorthanded and with only 3 days of practice we went into the week with a simple plan which we didn’t execute up to our expectations. We did, however find another fullback in junior Nathan Blakeney, who was filling in for our two main starters. Nathan stepped up and learned the basics in a short amount of time. He blocked well, had some hard fought yards and a good catch in the game,” Botos said. Looking ahead to this week’s Bulldog-Apache matchup, Botos had this to say; “At Antonian, we will see a very athletic 4-3 style of defense but they have not shown to be as aggressive in their stunts or blitzes that we have faced over the last three weeks. They will try to funnel everything back towards the middle so that they can rely on the two defensive tackles and Mike LB to make plays. Our boys are going to have to focus all week during practice and practice with a purpose on every rep to ensure our offensive success. We look forward to getting five starters back this week. We will see how they progress throughout the week to determine how much they can go on Friday. We still need to get better at what we do and stay healthy for our district opener next week,” Botos explained.
Next week, on Friday, October 13, the Bulldogs will travel to Wimberley to take on the powerful Texans in the District 13-4A-Dll opener with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. at Wimberley.