Kendrick Williams

Kendrick Williams returns a kickoff during the Santa Gertrudis Academy loss to Banquete on Friday Night. Williams had two interceptions in the game.

The Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions (0-1) dropped their season opener to Banquete (1-1) last Friday after the Bulldogs pulled off the come from behind win, 22-11.

The Lions were up 9-2 heading into the half before the Bulldogs scored 22 unanswered points to take the victory.

“I think we just lost focus in the second half,” SGA Coach Ivory Dillard said. “After having some success in the first half, you think it’s going to automatically be the same way, but the other team is going to have some more intensity, they’re going to want to play hard and we lost a lot of focus. We just got careless with the ball.”

The Lions had a total of seven turnovers in the game, with five of them in the second half of play, which aided in the comeback effort from the Bulldogs.

Coach Dillard said his defense took on a lot of the game time with the offense struggling to stay on the field and produce drives.

“(The defense) pretty much played the whole second half,” Dillard said. “Our defense played about 40 to 50 plays in the second half so they were going to get pretty gassed.”

Although the Lions’ defense allowed 171 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air, the Lions were able to force three turnovers when defending their end zone.

Kendrick Williams had two interceptions, and returned one of them for two points during a Bulldogs’ failed 2-pt conversion.

Trent Wheeler also had an interception in the contest and the Lions had one fumble recovery as well.

On offense, Joel Guerra had 97 yards rushing and a touchdown on the day, but was also three for 13-for-43 yards passing with two interceptions.

Christopher Cazares also nailed a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter, which gave the Lions their first points in the season.

In week three, the Lions will do battle with Progreso, who are fresh off a 22-35 loss to St. Joe Academy last week.

Progreso allowed more than 500 yards of total offense to SJA in their week two bout, a welcome sight for the Lions who look to do better on offense.

“We’re going to fix all those mistakes and get better at taking care of the ball,” Dillard said. “I think if we can take care of the ball, we can put drives together like we did in the first half (of the first game) And that’s the main thing just fixing those little mistakes.”

The Lions have a home game against Progreso on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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