The Banquete Bulldogs lost their first district game of the year, falling 30-7 at home Friday night against the Santa Rosa Warriors.

Banquete received the ball first but couldn't get far on their first possession as they punted in only four plays.

Santa Rosa, on the other hand, ran the ball hard, averaging 4 yards rushing per play before taking it in on a 32-yard touchdown run to pull ahead 7-0.

The Bulldogs continued to have trouble on offense and turned over the ball on downs just after the first quarter ended.

Banquete caught a break as Bulldog Rey Bazan recovered a fumble at the Warriors' 43-yard line. The Bulldogs punted again, however, as the first half came to an end with Warriors up by only a touchdown.

On Banquete's opening kick of the second half, Santa Rosa ran the ball back 102 yards for a touchdown, putting the Dogs down by 14.

The Bulldogs' luck turned from bad to worse when a fumble was recovered by a Warrior at midfield.

It didn't take long for the Warriors to run over the Bulldogs and score another six points as Santa Rosa upped its lead to 20.

The Bulldogs finally started to drive after Mikey Gonzalez returned the ball to midfield where Jacob Harris stepped up and rushed 16 yards. Matthew Rodriguez caught a 33-yard pass to bring the Bulldogs 2 yards from the end zone just as the third quarter came to an end. Harris ran the ball in for a touchdown to begin the fourth quarter and make the score 20-7.

The Bulldogs tried for an onside kick, but the Warriors covered the ball and started their drive from their own 48. The Bulldogs managed to hold the Warriors from the end zone but couldn't stop them from kicking a field goal, as the score was 23-7 with only 9:14 left in the game.

The Bulldogs tried desperately to catch the Warriors, but Banquete was stopped in its tracks as the ball was intercepted.

Santa Rosa ran the ball as much as they could and finally scored to give the Warriors the 30-7 win.

"They played a good game and I've got to give them a lot of credit, they have a good team," said Banquete head coach Kevin Hermes. "We didn't stop them on third down like we should've. We're still open for the playoffs though, we got a lot of work to go, but we're not out of the race yet."

Banquete dropped to second place in District 32-2A as they fell to 3-1 in district play, while Santa Rosa remained undefeated at 4-0 in district play. The Bulldogs play at Freer Friday against the Buckaroos.