BANQUETE – Friday night's District 15-3A Division II football opener was a hard fought battle between Banquete and Skidmore-Tynan high schools with a final score of 42 -27 in favor of the Bobcats. As the result of a hard fought game, Skidmore took home the victory for their school.
Early in the first half of the game, Ryan Lakso put the Bobcats (4-2, 1-0 district) on the scoreboard on a 5-yard run.
However the Bulldog (1-5, 0-1) offense fought hard and Ryan Ocanas ran the ball for a touchdown. Going into the second quarter Wyatt Scott put the ball in the end zone for Skidmore as they took the lead over Banquete.
Before halftime Weldon Gallia, quarterback for the Bulldogs, had two impressive runs resulting in another touchdown for Banquete.
After a 34-yard run by Gallia, the officials called a penalty on Banquete, taking the ball back to the line of scrimmage. Following the penalty, Gallia again ran the ball down the sideline, this time scoring a 45-yard touchdown.
Skidmore battled back as Ryan Scott took the ball into the Banquete end zone after a series of runs. The extra point was missed and at the end of the first half Skidmore was ahead 20 - 13.
In the second half of the game, Banquete battled back. After a series of runs by both teams, it was obvious that neither team was ready to surrender.
Towards the end of the third quarter, there was a tie game with the scoreboard reading 27-27.
In the fourth quarter, Wyatt Scott would run the ball for 60 yards only to be stopped two yards short of the end zone. He would however run the ball in for those 2 yards on the following play.
In the end, Scott would score the final touchdown of the game for Skidmore on an 8-yard run followed by a successful 2-point conversion.
“It was a hard fought game with a couple of momentum swings, and Skidmore took advantage of it,” Banquete coach Kevin Hermes said. “We’re trying hard and working hard, we just have to get over that hump.”