The Bandera Bulldogs beat LaVernia Bears 34-14 Friday night in a rain-shortened game on their home turf.
Both Bandera quarterbacks, Michael Miller and Noah Nelson, threw for almost 100 yards without an interception. Bandera suffered only two fumbles but recovered both.
LaVernia fumbled four times and lost three. Bandera's first score on a soaked evening was on a one-yard run by Killian Conner. Conner was the mud-soaked runner with 200 yards on the ground on 20 carries. Shane Montooth performed the PAT to give Bandera a 7-0 first quarter lead. Conner came back with a 2-yard run in the second quarter to add six more points to the Bulldog tally.
Montooth's PAT failed for 13-0 in the second quarter. The air game was on for the Bulldogs, though as Miller threw a 20-yard pass to Nelson for six in the middle of the second quarter.
Montooth's PAT was good for a 20-0 Bulldog lead. LaVernia refused to give up and Jake Wiatrek went for a 13-yard run for a TD with a Alec Dews point after. With a little more than a minute left in the half, LaVernia's Colby Sims threw a 45-yard pass to Rudy Mendoza. Dews added the one-point.
In the third quarter, Conner made his third score on the night with a 18-yard run. Montooth PATed. With seconds left, Nelson ran for nine yards for another Bulldog score followed by another successful Montooth PAT. The third quarter ended with the score 34-14 in Bandera's favor.
During the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs picked up a turnover and during the remaining 8.5 minutes of the game Bandera "slowed down the tempo," head coach Larry Prince said. Bandera put down one first down after another.
"We ran out the clock," Prince said.
The Bulldogs ran for 411 yards in 63 carries as opposed to the Bears' 219 yards on 29 carries. The Bulldogs' Miller threw for 72 yards on eight attempts with five completions. Nelson threw for another 25 yards on three attempts with two completions. Nelson also caught two passes for 46 yards. The Bear's Sims threw five times, and completed one pass for 45 yards, the TD run by Mendoza. While Conner was the big man on the ground with 200 yards, Miller ran for 164 yards on 24 carries.
Bandera has next Friday off and will play Wimberley Friday, Oct. 12, at Wimberley.
The Bulldogs didn't practice Monday and will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
"It'll be a little lighter practice," Prince said. "We'll still have one really physical day this week."
Next week it'll be back to business as usual on the practice front. Wimberley has been a big team in the past, but graduated a bunch of seniors last year.
"They are still good," Prince said. Wimberley is not the powerhouse it used to be. "Our district is really wide open," Prince said. "Anyone can beat anyone on Friday night."