The Banquete Bulldogs came from their off week to win their first district game 28-6 at the Bishop Badgers' field Friday.
Bishop won the toss and received the ball first, but the Badgers could not gain a single yard and were forced to punt.
The Bulldogs took the ball at their own 25-yard line, but it was only five plays before the ball was intercepted by a Bishop defender.
The Badgers continued to have trouble and again punted, as it became a game for field position.
Banquette fumbled the ball on the first play of their possession and gave Bishop the ball on the Dogs' 27.
On Bishop's ensuing possession, Banquette's Marcus Fuentes recovered a fumble to turn the ball back over for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldog offense found its stride as Jacob Harris ran 79 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the possession. The first quarter came to a close with the Bulldogs up 7-0.
On Bishop's first play of the second quarter, Steven Karabanoff intercepted the ball and ran it 70 yards to Bishop's 25-yardline. A timeout and four plays later, Karabanoff finished what he started and ran up the middle busting through the defensive line for a 20-yard touchdown. With 9:48 left in the half, Banquette was up 14-0.
Bishop finally started to push down field with the option play. The Badgers finally got points on the board with a 1-yard touchdown, but missed the extra point.
The Bulldogs ended the first half up 14-6 and started the second half receiving.
It took Banquete less than a minute for Karabanoff to run up the middle again for 15 yards while staying on his feet after getting hit five times. With only 9:08 into the half, the Bulldogs were ahead 21-6.
"We made adjustments at the halftime and changed around some kids," said defensive coordinator coach Buddy Malek, "we had to show every one what kind of team we are going to be this year."
Bishop found that Banquete had a slightly different defense the second half. The Badgers running game was been shut down and Bishop was forced to punt to the Bulldogs 35.
The Bulldogs had trouble running the ball as well, but Mikey Gonzalez was there to catch a 44-yard throw down to Bishop's 25-yard line for the first down. A few plays later, Harris ran the ball in for another touchdown as the clock ticked down to end the third quarter, with the score 28-6.
With Bishop's offense stopped hard, the Banquete Bulldogs just ran the clock out in the last quarter to end the game.
"We practiced for two weeks and went a 100 percent every day," Gonzales said. "We didn't take a single day off, not even Friday."
"This game put us where we wanted to be," said Banquete head coach Kevin Hermes. "This past week we had injuries we healed up, but we didn't stop working. We know next week is going to be a challenge, but I think we'll pull through."
The Banquette Bulldogs play at home against the Hebbronville Horns Friday at 7:30 p.m.