Banquete didn’t have much trouble with its first two opponents, but that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs (2-0 overall) can take things easy heading into Friday’s final non-district matchup against Robstown (0-2). Not with the 16-2A Division II slate just around the corner.

Next week’s bye only creates more urgency in the eyes of coach Kevin Hermes.

“This is our last one before we get a break, so our goal is to polish up on some things we’ve been struggling with a little bit,” Hermes said. “We also want to try and hit the off week healthy, or at least better than we have been.”

Banquete played without quarterback Ben Benavides last week. The senior signal caller missed the 40-14 triumph over John Paul II with an undisclosed ailment and his status for Friday remained up in the air early in the week.

The Bulldogs did just fine with O.J. Ramirez under center. Ramirez rushed for 96 yards and two scores and also completed five passes for 41 yards.

Running back Jacob Gonzalez helped out by rushing for 166 yards and three touchdowns. As good as things looked against the Centurions, Hermes and Bulldogs aren’t satisfied.

“One glaring thing we have to work on is special teams. It’s been pretty bad,” Hermes said. “The offense and defense are getting more consistent and better each week. We’re doing good things, but we’re still having mental lapses in focus and execution. We’re just trying to correct those things as much as we can.”

Hermes and Bulldogs hope to accomplish that against the Cotton Pickers, the first ever meeting between the two schools.

“They’re 0-2, but they’re a good football team,” Hermes said. “Their quarterback (Riley Ramos) is a pretty good player and we’re definitely going to have to contain him. They play sound on defense. We’re going to have to execute well to be able to move the ball.”