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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 pm

Bandera Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Joel Fontenot-Amedee patrolled the practice field at a scrimmage the high school football team had on Saturday, Aug. 10, like a general overseeing his troops.

It might still be the dog days of summer, but the Bandera community is getting geared up for the return of fall football.

“Everyone is excited about this upcoming football season including the players, coaches and families, and you feel it,” Coach Amedee said after a two-hour scrimmage that he said included signs of improvement on both sides of the ball.

The scrimmage drew a crowd of family members, friends and football fans who demonstrated how ready the Bandera community is for football.

Among the onlookers were Douglas Brakedill, who has a son, who is a senior, on the team, and Kathy Vick, who also has a son, a freshman, on the team.

“I am very excited, especially watching this scrimmage and how the coaches are getting the team ready,” Brakedill said.

He said he hears people talking football all over town.

Vick graduated from Bandera HS in 1994 and has never stopped being a Bulldog football fan.

“My son is really revved up about the season, really likes his coaches,” she said.   

Coach Amedee said slightly more than 20 boys came out for football, meaning Bandera is not as deep at each position as coaches would like.

“But the kids we have are good, and I am so looking forward to Friday (the Aug. 16 scrimmage with Devine) and the rest of the season,” the coach who is in his first year in Bandera said.

He said a big thing the Bulldogs have in their favor is the Bandera community and the spirit, energy and support it brings.

“The spirit here in Bandera like no place I have been.  It is great, and that inspires this team,” Amedee said.

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