The adage is as old as coaching itself, but one Banquete coach Kevin Hermes firmly believes. That’s to take it one week at a time.
So far, the mantra has helped the Bulldogs to a 1-0 mark in District 16-2A Division II and 4-0 overall. They hope to follow it to another victory when Banquete travels to face Hebbronville (0-1, 0-4) on Friday.
“We have to focus our attention to Hebbronville,” said Hermes, whose team is coming off a 35-0 win over Taft. “We just take it one week at a time and Hebbronville is the next one. We started a little slow I thought last week. I don’t know if it was the off week or what, but we came back out and played a lot better in the second half offensively. Defensively, we played well throughout the night. The offense started clicking in the second half once we got things going.”
Hermes said just because the Longhorns remain winless doesn’t make them any less of a threat.
“They’re a good 0-4 team,” Hermes said. “They haven’t won, but they’re very aggressive on defense. They’re based out of a 3-3 stack so they’ll be coming from every different direction. It could cause us some problems. We’re going to have to pick up their blitzes to be able to move the ball.”
Defensively, Hermes said the Bulldogs will have to worry about Hebbronville’s option offense.
“We’re going to have to take care of our defensive responsibilities. If not, one play can go 90 yards in a hurry,” Hermes said. “We have to be fundamentally sound on that side of the ball.”
Still, Banquete remains a work in progress.
“We’re happy with where we’re at, but we have to continue to improve week in and week out,” Hermes said. “We’re not where you have to be come Week 10. In our district, to me, any given Friday night it’s who plays their best game. We can’t be satisfied with where we’re at. We have to continue to get better.”