Banquete remained undefeated following Friday night’s 55-20 win over Hebbronville. The Bulldogs (2-0 District 16-2A Division II, 5-0 overall) finished with 535 total yards, but coach Kevin Hermes wasn’t happy that the defense yielded the most points to an opponent so far.
“The offense played well and we were able to move the ball and spread it around,” Hermes said. “Defensively we didn’t play as well as I think we’re capable of. We’ll just go back to work and try to get better.”
Banquete running back Jacob Gonzalez rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Ben Benavides added 133 yards and two scores on the ground. Hermes said the first touchdown by Benavides, a 60-yard jaunt with nine seconds left before halftime, sent the Bulldogs into the locker room with all the momentum.
“We scored a couple of times early, but the big play happened right before the half,” Hermes said of the score, which helped put Banquete in front 35-14. “That took a lot of wind out of their sails. It was fourth and long and we didn’t want to punt. Ben ended up breaking one.”
Benavides also completed seven passes for 130 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown strike to Ronnie Ocanas less than a minute into the third quarter.