The Bishop Badgers (0-4, 0-1) were shut out for the third time this season in a 23-0 loss to the Aransas Pass Panthers (2-2, 1-0) in the first District 16-3A, Division I contest of the season for both teams.
Both offenses struggled to get anything going to start the game, and the end result proved it, with the Badgers only tallying up 62 yards of offense.
The Bishop defense did force a turnover in the game, which was a recovered by Joel Hernandez.
A 7-0 first half lead for the Panthers became 23-0 in the fourth quarter, when AP’s offense started to “wear down” the Badgers’ defense, Bishop Head Coach Joe Rios said.
“We played hard and our defense played well, of course,” Rios said. “(But) those early turnovers, those two interceptions in the first half hurt us. Especially, the one that led to their only touchdown (in the first half). But we just we never got clicking on offense. We’d lose yards on first down, and it would be second-and-long. It threw us back. We have to figure out what we can do, make some changes and we’ll go from there.”
The Badgers lost two starters in the game to injury, which added to the list of injuries Bishop has already suffered this season. Rios said those injuries have put the teams younger players in a tough spot.
“We’re going to have to play the younger kids,” Rios said. “Sophomores, sometimes we call them up so they can get some learning experience and figure out the speed of the game. But if bodies keep going down, we’re going to have to play those guys. They’re going to become starters.”
Up next for the Badgers will be a game against the San Diego Vaqueros (3-1, 1-0), who are fresh off a blowout victory over the Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions, 45-0.
The Vaqueros’ run attack will have to deal with a Badgers’ defense that held an AP offense to fewer than 180 yards of total offense.
The Badgers will play San Diego at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.