Bandera Head Football Coach Joel Fontenot-Amedee knows football is a game of highs and lows, and it is best to get the big losses early in the season.
At the end of a 36-0 loss to Poteet at home on the first game of the 2020 Bulldogs season on Friday, Aug. 28, Amedee and his other coaches had team members take a knee and explained how to learn and improve from a loss, work harder and focus on the next game.
“We have a young team, and we have to find a way to get better. Bandera has an open week next Friday (Sept. 4) and two weeks to work hard and get better. We will play the Llano Yellowjackets at home on Sept. 12,” Amedee said.
Poteet, which returned nearly every starter from last season’s playoff-qualifying team, got on a roll in the first half and steadily pulled away from the Bulldogs on its way to victory.
The Bandera “D” fell just short of forcing a threeand-out on Poteet’s opening drive of the game, but an offside penalty on third down gave the Aggies a free play that resulted in a long completion.
That set up Poteet’s first touchdown of the night at the 10:27 mark in first quarter.
The Bulldogs fumbled the ball on their first offensive possession but stood tall on the defensive end after a lengthy drive from the Aggies.
Senior linebacker Brandon Miller brought pressure from the outside that forced an interception by senior Kenny Trevino for Bandera – one of three turnovers the Bandera defense in the game.
Trevino’s interception gave the Bandera offense a chance to get going for the first time as junior quarterback Tyler Moore and freshman running back Jesus Cardenas combined to pick up several first downs on the ground for the Bulldogs, but the drive stalled.
After regrouping at halftime, the Bulldogs came out fighting in the second half and put together a drive that featured a handful of first downs to open the third quarter.
A 14-yard run by Moore on third and 10 pushed the Bandera offense into the red zone, but the Poteet defense held strong inside the 10-yard line to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone.
Defensively, the Bulldogs held the Aggies in check after the break and limited the team’s offense to 12 points.
David Guerra forced a fumble that the Bandera defense recovered, and Guerra also intercepted a two-point conversion attempt.
Garrett Meier finished with a team-high five tackles, while other defensive leaders included Brekken Jackson (4 tackles) and Tyler Tippit (4 tackles).
Cardenas, playing in his first varsity game, showed an incredible amount of toughness and tenacity in the offensive backfield and finished with a team-high 97 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Moore had 15 carries for 60 yards, and the Bulldogs finished with 173 total yards of offense.
Coach Brady Keane contributed to this story.