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Bulldog bulldozer takes out Crystal City

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    COURTESY PHOTO/Chris Darus Bandera’s Tommy Cardenas, Number 24, is brought down at the 10-yard line early in the Bulldog’s 24-7 victory over Crystal City Friday, Sept. 27. The win moved the Bulldogs to 5-0 on the season.

A week after Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine selected Bandera as the 4A Team of the Week, the Bulldogs showed Crystal City why that selection was made.

Bandera beat the Javelinas 24-7, throwing cold water on Crystal City’s Homecoming celebration.

Halfway through the regular season, the Bulldogs are undefeated at 5-0, have a bye this Friday and a chance to rest up before plowing into district play.

That likely will include Bandera’s toughest opponents yet.

Bulldog Gunnar Brown scored on a 2-yard run only minutes after taking the opening kickoff 35 yards to give Bandera good field condition. With Blaise Salazar successful extra point, the score was 7-0 Bandera.

Not long thereafter, the Bulldogs scored again when quarterback Solomon MacNeil connected with tight end Mason Phair on a 5-yard TD pass. Salazar’s kick made it 14-0.

In the second quarter, Crystal City scored on a long drive to make it a 14-7 score going into halftime.

Bandera controlled the ball for a good bit of third quarter without scoring, but also denied the Javelinas a chance to put points on the scoreboard.

Salazar booted a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make the tally 17-7.

Bandera was dominant the rest of the game. It scored one last time when linebacker Gage Brown snatched a bouncing Crystal City fumble at the 43-yard line and outran several Javelinas for the TD.

Salazar’s kick made the final score 24-7.

The Bandera offense had 199 yards rushing, to 100 yards on the ground for Crystal City. The Bulldogs added just five yards passing, for a total of 204 yards of offense.

Bandera’s Colton Perkins was the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

The Bulldog’s recognition as the 4A Team of the Week last month was a big event for the team. Dave Campbell’s magazine is considered the Bible of Texas Football and has covered the sport since 1960.