On most Friday nights, Kevin Hermes is usually on the sideline of a high school football stadium somewhere in South Texas. Not tonight, however.

Since the Bulldogs are on a bye, the Banquete coach will be taking in one of the local games from the stands. Maybe at the Calallen-Carroll game since Banquete runs a similar offense to the Wildcats.

Despite the break, Hermes said the Bulldogs haven’t had much time to relax.

“We can’t,” Hermes said. “The kids have been told over and over. We feel like the target is on our backs. I would say we’re one of the teams to beat in the district. Teams are going to come after us. We have to play our best game every Friday night. One or two losses put you in jeopardy for the playoffs.”

Banquete is 3-0 after victories over Mathis, John Paul II and Robstown. The Bulldogs open District 16-2A Division II play next Friday at home against Taft.

This week’s preparation included a lot of fundamentals.

“We went back to basics, a lot of things that we sped through during the preseason – tackling, blocking schemes, protecting the football. We spend some time to polish those things up. They’re the things that win or lose ballgames for you. We just want to fine-tune some stuff before district.”

That’s because the team’s current record doesn’t tell the whole story.

“We’re still trying to get better,” Hermes said. “I know we’re 3-0 and that people think we’re setting the world on fire, but when we look at it as a coaching staff and team we know we’re not where we need to be to make a run at the district championship or the playoffs. We’re not where we need to be, so we’re looking to make things better.”