Friday the 13threally was unlucky for the St. Anthony Yellowjackets, who got stung 40-12 by the high-flying and still undefeated Bandera Bulldogs after the first three games of the year.
Bandera Head Football Coach Joel Fontenot-Amedee summed up the evening’s performance by saying: “It feels great to be 3-0. It was a great night of football at the University of the Incarnate Word on Friday.”
The first-year coach also said, “Special teams played great once again, and after a sluggish start, the Bulldogs were able to use a dominant second- half surge to put away St. Anthony.”
He said, “The most exciting play of the night was Tommy Cardenas’ kickoff return for a TD.”
Bandera put numbers on the scoreboard first with a 28-yard field goal by kicker Blaise Salazar in the second quarter.
The Yellowjackets responded with a touchdown, but the extra point was blocked by Cardenas, giving St. Anthony a 6-3 lead.
Just after that, however, Cardenas caught a St. Anthony kickoff on the 5-yard line and brought Bulldog fans to their feet, as he raced 95 yards for a touchdown.
Salazar’s kick made the score 10-6 going into halftime.
The second half belonged to Bandera, which scored four touchdowns to one for the Yellowjackets. The Bulldogs also added a safety in the second half.
Bulldog quarterback Solomon MacNeil scrambled 55 yards for a third quarter TD. The PAT kick made the score 17-6 Bandera.
Moments later, MacNeil hit tight end Mason Phair for a 17-yard TD pass. The PAT kick was good, for a 24-6 lead.
St. Anthony narrowed the lead with a touchdown late in the third quarter. The point after touchdown was no good, and the Yellowjackets were shut out the rest of the way.
Bandera, however, went on to score 16 points in fourth quarter.
MacNeil connected with Austin Abitz on a 17-yard scoring pass. The kick was good, making the score 31-12.
Moments later, Cardenas scored a TD on a 1-yard run, and Salazar kick the extra point for a 38-12 tally.
A safety gave the Bulldogs their last score of the evening.
Bandera had 233 yards rushing and 334 yards of total offense.
MacNeil had 101 yards passing and two TDs. He was also the leading rusher with 115 yards on 12 carries, which included a TD.