As the 2019 football season moved into district play, Bulldog fans sensed that it might be harder for the team to keep its undefeated record intact a lot longer.
Those suspicions became a reality on Friday, Oct. 18, when Bandera went on the road to play a talented Wimberley team and came up on the wrong side of a 56-28 score.
The Texans established dominance early, by scoring 28 points in the first quarter. That was the same total Bandera recorded for the entire game.
Wimberley put up a fast 14 points with a 35-yard TD pass and a 16-yard TD pass before the ‘Dogs countered with a Tommy Cardenas 4-yard run for a score.
With Bandera’s Blaise Salazar converting successfully, the score early was 14-7.
But the Texans scored two more times in the first quarter and two more times in the second quarter before the same duo of Cardenas and Salazar put up another seven points for Bandera.
A successful conversion made the halftime score 42-14 in Wimberley’s favor.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the third quarter compared to once for the Texans, giving Bulldog fans some hope.
Cardenas also scored on separate runs of 59 and 23 yards, but it was not enough to catch the Texans, who added a finishing touchdown in the final quarter.
Behind good blocking from the Bulldog line, featuring Logan Williams, Gunnar Brown and Trace Decker, Cardenas had 19 carries for 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs had 288 yards rushing and 100 yards passing overall against Wimberley.
Bandera will return home on Friday, Oct. 25, with hopes of resuming its winning ways in a game against Llano.