The Banquete football team spent last week’s bye getting back to basics. Although the Bulldogs (3-0 overall) did use some of the down time to relax, things are different now that district play is about to start.

“Every week is going to be serious from here on out,” said coach Kevin Hermes, whose team opens the 16-2A Division II season on Friday against Taft (1-2). “I think any team can beat anybody on any Friday night in our district. We’re going to have to bring our best ballgame to beat Taft on Friday. We definitely have to be serious in what we do at practice in preparation for this game.”

The Greyhounds, like Banquete and the rest of the teams in the district, have had two weeks to prepare. Hermes anticipates a struggle.

“They’re going to be a tough team to play against,” Hermes said. “The spread offense and their quarterback (Jestin Flores) is a dual threat. He can make things happen in the air and with his feet. The offensive line comes of the ball well and creates running lanes for him. They have a couple of running backs and both of them are capable of busting big runs, so we have to be sound on the defensive side. We have to make sure we take care of our responsibilities.”

Hermes said that’s one way the Bulldogs can accomplish their goal of reaching the playoffs.

“We think the target is on our backs,” Hermes said. “Teams want to play their best against us, so we have to show up and play our best. We always tell the kids one game at a time. Taft is in front of us right now. One thing we always preach about is we have to take care of us. If we do it tends to work out. If we worry about the next game or other things we’re going to turn around at the end of the season and we’ll have only played 10 games. We have to take care of us.”