The Bandera varsity football team hosted Hondo on Friday, Oct. 30, at Bulldog Stadium, where the Owls utilized a balanced offensive attack to remain unbeaten in district play while recording their fourth consecutive victory.
Despite falling on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs worked their way into an offensive rhythm both on the ground and through the air as junior quarterback Tyler Moore and junior wide receiver Brandon Miller connected several times in the passing game.
Miller finished with six catches for 90 yards, including an impressive 28-yard reception on 4th down in the second half that eventually helped Bandera punch the ball into the end zone.
Moore finished 9-of-17 passing for 102 yards, and junior David Guerra had three catches for 17 yards to pair alongside Miller’s productive night on the perimeter.
Junior Luke Barnett punched in the first of two rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Barnett first converted a fourth and short in the red zone to keep the drive alive and then scored while following behind the blocks of Guerra, Kaloeb Son and Garrett Meier on a 5-yard touchdown run.
Meier, one of the Bulldogs’ senior leaders, later added a touchdown run of his own in the fourth quarter on Senior Night at Bulldog Stadium.
Meier broke off a 42-yard run to move Bandera into the red zone and then used consecutive 5-yard carries to get Bandera into the end zone again.
Barnett finished with 56 yards rushing to pace the Bulldogs’ run game while Meier added 52 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Bandera was led by freshman Jesus Cardenas and junior Liam DeMarchi, who each had six tackles. Brandon Miller had five tackles, while David Guerra and Garrett Meier had four.
In addition to recognizing seniors Harvey Guerra, Blaise Salazar, Will Paul, Irving Rodriguez, Garrett Meier, Leo Trevino, Tyler Tippit, Colby Kennedy and Ethan Ledesma on Senior Night, Bandera honored all veterans in attendance and raised support and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
The Bulldogs will finish out the regular season on the road in Pearsall next Friday night, where the Bulldogs will have a chance to get into the playoffs with a win over the Eagles.
A win for Bandera and a Devine win over Crystal City would create a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 14-4A Division II.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Pearsall.
Brady Keane is Bandera High School assistant football coach and head coach of the boys basketball team.