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Panthers defeat Bulldogs in season finale 51-14

By Tim McGrath BCC Sports

By Tim McGrath
BCC Sports
The playoff-bound Geronimo Navarro Panthers improved their overall record to 9-1 and District 13-4A-DII mark to 3-1 following their 51-14 victory over the Bandera Bulldogs in the regular season finale played on Friday, Nov. 10, at Bulldog Stadium in Bandera. The Panther victory also puts an end to the Bulldog season while Navarro goes on to the bi-district round of the post-season playoffs. The Bulldogs finish their season with a 2-8 overall record which included an 0-4 mark in district play. Four of the five 13-4A-DII teams are headed to the post-season tournament led by the District Champion Wimberley Texans who finished the regular season with a 9-1 overall mark that included a perfect 4-0 in district play. Navarro (9-1, 3-1) finished second in the district, Llano (5-5, 2-2) took third and the Hondo Owls took the fourth district playoff berth with a 2-8, 1-3 season record. The Owls were defeated by the Texans 50-0 in their season finale played last Friday at Wimberley. This weeks’ bi-district playoff matchups include a Thursday, Nov. 16, meeting between Navarro and Devine to be played at Harlandale Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. On Friday, November 17, the playoff action continues with three more 13-4A-DII teams in action. Wimberley takes on the Carrizo Springs Wildcats at Harlandale, Llano vs Crystal City and Hondo vs Pearsall. Kickoffs for Friday games are at 7:30 p.m.
Navarro wasted little time in taking control of the game at Bandera with a 48-point outburst in the first half. Bulldog senior fullback Wyatt Blair scored Banderas’ lone first half touchdown on a 51-yard run late in the second quarter. Blaise Salazar kicked the extra point to bring the halftime score to 48-7. In the second half, the teams exchanged possessions until Blair scored his second TD of the night on a short run followed by a Salazar PAT to make it 48-14 Panthers. The Panthers added a field goal in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to Navarro 51, Bandera 14.