Bandera High School’s varsity football team continued the 2020 season with a second consecutive home game Friday night, Sept. 11, as the Llano Yellowjackets traveled to Bulldog Stadium.
Llano, which came into the week 2-0 with a pair of dominant victories over Gatesville and Sonora, got on a roll in the second half and pulled away for a 52-0 win.
After giving up a 49- yard touchdown on the opening possession of the game, the Bandera defense held strong in the red zone late in the first quarter to force a 37-yard field goal from the Yellowjackets.
Llano added one more score on a 49-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter, making the score 17-0 heading into the halftime break.
Despite moving into Llano territory a handful of times in the third and fourth quarter, the Bulldogs’ offense struggled to finish off drives in the second half, while the high-powered Yellowjackets pulled away.
Quarterback Tyler Moore connected with Liam DeMarchi on a 35- yard completion for Bandera’s longest gain of the night.
While the Bulldog offense had its struggles, Brock Johnson got his first action of the season in the backfield, and Jesus Cardenas contributed in the running game as well. Will Paul also took the field for the first time this year and led the team in receptions.
Statistical leaders on defense for Bandera were Matthew Staton with 6 tackles, David Guerra, 6 tackles, Tyler Moore, 5 tackles, Garrett Meier, 5 tackles, and Kenny Trevino, 4 tackles.
Brandon Miller and Tyler Tippitt each recorded a sack for Bandera.
The Bulldogs returned to practice this week as the team continued to work toward growing and improving as a unit in advance of the team’s first District 15-4A Division II game on Oct. 9.
Next week, Bandera will travel to Blanco for its first away game of in the non-district schedule. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.