Defense was out in full force as the Banquete Bulldogs lost a close one Friday night, falling 9-7 to the Freer Buckaroos.

The Bulldogs fell to 3-2 in district play, tied with the Buckaroos for the third slot in the playoffs with one game left in the season.

Although Banquete had the upper hand in the running game, the Bulldogs were plagued with seven penalties in the game, and a costly fumble.

As Banquete drove the ball in the first quarter, the Bulldogs found themselves at the Freer 3-yard line.

Tailback Steven Karabanoff eased his way in the end zone, giving Banquete an early 7-0 lead.

It would be the only points scored for the Bulldogs, who scored just seven points in each of their last two games.

Although Buckaroo quarterback Matthew Reyes completed two passes on only seven attempts, one of his completed passes resulted in an 88-yard touchdown to receiver Ray Guzman.

After missing the extra-point, Banquete held on to a slight 7-6 lead at the half.

Defense continued to play a huge part for both teams in the second half.

Freer headed all the way to the Bulldog 4-yard line where Guzman kicked a 21-yard field, giving the Buckaroos a slight 9-7 lead.

Both defenses held their ground as Freer came up with the win, putting the Bulldogs in jeopardy of missing out on a playoff position.

Banquete must win its homecoming game Friday night against Riviera and Freer has to lose its game Friday against Bishop in order for the Bulldogs to advance to the playoffs.

The deciding game for Banquete will be played at 7:30 p.m.