The Bishop Badgers football team (0-1) was shut out in the season opener against the London Pirates (1-0) last Thursday, 9-0, in a contest riddled with defensive and offensive mistakes for both squads.
“First of all, outstanding effort by everyone; that’s a good team over there,” Bishop Coach Joe Rios said. “You know, (London) is predicted to win their district. They’ve been in the playoffs five or six years in a row, well into the second round I think in the last three, with more than half a team of seniors. They’re an experienced team and we battled them.”
Rios said until about mid-way through the fourth quarter, the Badgers seemed to have “worn down” after his team spent most of the contest on defense.
“Every team I’ve coached or have been a part of started with a great defense,” Rios said. “And I think we showed that in game one. Offense usually takes some time to get going with the linemen learning formations and other stuff like that, but we’ll fix that and we’ll continue to get better, our conditioning will get better and I like what I saw. We have the makings of being a really good team down the road.”
The Badgers’ offense struggled to get only 65 yards on the ground in the contest, with Isaiah Rodriguez leading the charge with eight carries for 48 yards.
Rodriguez also had a catch for 10 yards in the contest.
Quarterback Cade Dupont went 3-7 for 27 yards and had four carries for four yards.
Zeke Guerrero had two of the three receptions on the night for 17 yards.
On defense, Joel Hernandez and Jessie Herrera had a team high seven tackles, while five other Badgers had five tackles or more in the game.
The Badgers also forced two turnovers, a fumble recovery by George Garza and an interception by Javier Rojas.
Up next for the Badgers will be a game against Cotulla on the road Friday.
Cotulla won their matchup against La Pryor in a thriller, 34-33, in week one, and Rios said playing the Cowboys will be a great boost for his team.
“It’s going to be a long road trip,” Rios said. “We beat them last year, but it was a battle up until the end, and so this year I think it’s going to be a good test of where we are at. We’re going to be sore and banged up and had to overcome the holiday, but made sure we got practice going and learned to get ready for Cotulla.”
Rios said he is excited to see how his team does in an environment so far away from home.
“I want to see a long road trip, in an environment where everyone’s against us, how we’re going to respond after a game like (last Thursday),” Rios said. “Both sides are going to be beat up so, we’ll see what we’re made of.”
The Badgers will make the road trip to Cotulla on Friday at 7:30 p.m.