Players get longer looks in Bandera
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
The second of Hondo’s two preseason football scrimmages
turned out to be a defensive struggle last Thursday, Aug. 21, at
Hondo and Bandera battled without scoring in the controlled
scrimmage. In a 20-minute segment, the Owls scored once. Then in
an overtime period, Bandera got its lone score.
It all sets the stage for the start of the 2014 football season
this week. The Owls will host Boerne this Friday, Aug. 29, at
Barry Field, starting at 7:30. At the same time, Bandera will be
at home to take on Sam Houston.
“We found out a lot about our team this week than in the
first scrimmage at Stockdale,” said Hondo coach Jeff Rochat. “We
were able to go a lot longer, so lots of kids got looks to see
where they’re going to fit in.
“The defense played well all night, but I thought they were a
little fatigued by the time we got to the overtime period.
Overall, our conditioning held up pretty well.
“And as usual in scrimmages,” he added, “we played pretty
close to the vest.”
In Hondo’s first set of 20 plays, the Owls gained 93 yards
and picked up four first downs, with the drive being stopped on
fourth down at the Bandera 1.
The Bulldogs picked up a couple of quick first downs in their
first set of plays, but the Owl defense stiffened after that.
Bandera had a 70-yard touchdown run called back, but the holding
penalty was what allowed the run to take place.
Neither team could move much on their second offensive set.
In the timed period, Willie Keilman recovered a fumble and
would have scored on the return from about 20 yards out in a live
game. But the ball was blown dead, setting up a six-play scoring
drive, with Carson Stoner tossing to Keilman for the two-yard TD.
Hunter Eitze added the extra point.
During the overtime period, a penalty against the Owls erased a
good first down play, and led to a 46-yard field goal attempt from
Garrett Van Damme, which fell a couple of yards shy in the endzone.
Bandera scored on an eight-yard run on its fifth play of the
Defensively for Hondo, Eitze had a fumble recovery, as did AJ
Jon Koch, Heath Runnels and Keilman combined for a fourth down
stop on the Bulldogs. Wesley Rogge had a pair of sacks. Tristan
Garza and Brian Dominguez had a pair of pass breakups, while
Camacho and Daniel De Leon both had tackles in the backfield.
Brandon Richter’s 27-yard run to open the second offensive
series was the longest offensive play of the day for Hondo.