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Bulldogs’ historic season ends in Hondo

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Bandera High School tied the score twice against Hondo, but the Owls scored last and took a 21-14 win at home to knock the Bulldogs out of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 15.

Bulldog scores tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter and and 14-14 in the third period, but Bandera had no answer for Hondo’s touchdown in the final period.

Bandera Head Football Coach Joel Fontenot-Amedee was upbeat in summarizing his team’s 8-3-0 season that included Bandera’s first playoff appearance in a decade.

“It wasn’t the finish we wanted, but I’m very proud of what we accomplished this season,” said Amedee. “For the seniors this is the end of their high school football playing career, however it’s just the beginning of the real game-the game of life, a game they will excel at I’m certain.

“I am so proud of the character and high expectations this team has set for all of the future Bulldogs. We are One!”

After the Owls scored in the first quarter, Bulldog tight end Mason Phair scored on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Solomon MacNeil. Bulldog kicker Blaise Salazar’s PAT knotted the score at 7-7 in the second period.

Then, after the Owls scored on a 5-yard touchdown and point after to make it 14-7 in the third quarter, Bandera running back Tommy Cardenas scampered 19 yards for a TD. Again, Salazar’s kick was good, and the teams were tied again.

Hondo scored in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard TD and added the extra point for the final margin of victory.

Bandera had 206 total yards -126 rushing and 80 passing -compared to the Owls 223 total yards - 182 rushing and 41 passing, game statistics showed.

MacNeil rushed for 67 yards on 11 carriers, and Cardenas rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries. He also had one score.