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Junior Alfaro picks up short yardage Thursday in Hondo’s scrimmage with Bandera.


Players get longer looks in Bandera scrimmage

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 Barry Field.

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 overtime session.

Defensively for Hondo, Eitze had a fumble recovery, as did AJ Camacho.

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.



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