The Banquete Bulldogs got their first taste of live football action for the 2013 season over the weekend when they faced Ben Bolt in the team’s first scrimmage of the year. While score was not kept, the opening scrimmage for any team is important for reasons beyond a win or loss.

“I’m really just looking to see if I’ve got guys that are willing to get on the field and get after it – be aggressive, hustle and play with a lot of passion and a lot of heart,” Banquete coach Kevin Hermes said. “That’s the main thing I look for out of the first scrimmage. Also, seeing what they’ve retained over the two weeks that we’ve been practicing, how well they’re picking up the information that we’re trying to get across to them.”

Luckily for the Bulldog faithful, Hermes saw just what he was looking for.

“Basically, I did see we’ve got some kids that love to play the game of football,” he said. “They were pretty aggressive, they hustled to the ball, they played the game hard. I was pleased to see that. I saw a lot of very good things happen on the field as far as what we’re trying to get across offensively and defensively.”

Although a coupled with a bunch of positives, there are still early season kinks to be worked out.

“I saw things we made a lot of mistakes on,” Hermes said. “But it’s things that we can get corrected.”

The first team offense and defense that trotted out on the field for Banquete may have gotten the first reps, but Hermes says none of his starting lineup is locked in right now. The scrimmage, along with the Bulldogs’ next matchup this Friday, will determine who tops the depth chart come Aug. 30.

“We’re going to continue to evaluate from that scrimmage,” Hermes said. “There are some kids that may move from one spot to another. We feel like we have some kids in the right spot, maybe some not in the right spot. We want to look at it again another week.”

Friday versus Odem will be the last opportunity for players to make a case for a starting job. It is crucial that the Bulldogs bring their best in the final tune-up before the regular season opener against Mathis.

“It’s kind of key. They’ve got one more chance to go out and prove that they’re the man worthy of that position,” Hermes said. “Like we’ve told the kids from day one, it doesn’t matter to us if you’re a returning all-district player or if you’re a freshman…if you’re going to do what needs to be done on the field, then we’re going to try and find a spot for you.”