Early penalties and some costly turnovers hurt the Bishop Badgers Thursday night as they lost their last non-district game of the season to the Prepa Tec Borregos 35-6.
"Penalties and turnovers," Bishop head coach Larry Vincent said, "and turnovers are direct results of penalties. We find ways to kill ourselves when we start at first and twenty."
"That's bad for us because our offense is geared towards three and four yards a play. That puts us in a bind and we start pressing and bad things happen."
The Borregos scored their first touchdown just a few minutes into the game on a 27-yard run by Sebastian Ramirez. The extra-point kick was good. Prepa Tec scored again with 3:10 left on a fumble recovery.
Early in the second quarter, Ramirez ran the ball 90 yards for another touchdown, putting the Borregos up 21-0.
The Badgers came out much more focused in the second half of the game. They controlled possession of the ball for most of the third quarter and scored a touchdown early in the fourth on a short-yard run by Zack Lowman.
"We came out in the second half and I though we competed a lot better," Vincent said. "We were more aggressive."
Later in the fourth, Prepa Tec scored on a 75-yard run and then intercepted a pass by Badgers quarterback Jacob Ortegon a few plays later, setting up a short-yard touchdown.
Another pass by Ortegon was intercepted with 47 seconds left in the game, ending the Badgers final drive.
The Borregos had 323 yards total offense with 292 yards rushing on 31 carries. Bishop finished with 287 total yards, all of them rushing on 54 carries.
Next week is a bye week for the Badgers. Their next game will be on Friday Oct. 9 in a home game against the Premont Cowboys. In addition to being the start of district play for Bishop, the game will also be senior's night. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.