RANDOLPH AFB – After a close loss in Marion, the Karnes City Badgers looked to rebound on Friday night. Unfortunately for Karnes City, the Randolph Ro-Hawks had other ideas, as they defeated the Badgers by the score of 34-14.
“Overall, we got better with all of our non-district games,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We have to execute better and continue to work hard.”
Scoring did not start until the second quarter, with both teams scoring once. Randolph drew first blood on a 1-yard running play, though the PAT failed. The Badgers countered on the ensuing kickoff thanks to a 95-yard return to the end zone by Paul Kinney. The ensuing extra point gave the Badgers a 7-6 lead at halftime.
The lone score of the third quarter game on a running play by the Ro-Hawks, with the two-point conversion giving Randolph the 14-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Ro-Hawks scored three more times in the fourth quarter, all on running plays and converting two of three extra points in that span. The Badgers’ final score of the game came in between Randolph’s first and second scores of the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run by Kinney, with the extra point hitting its’ mark. Unfortunately for the Badgers, the 34-14 deficit stood as time expired.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 168 yards of total offense, with 124 yards rushing over 33 carries and 44 yards passing over six completions.
“We need to get healthy and we need to continue to work on the fundamentals,” said Wood. “We need to correct the little things.”
This week, the Badgers will have their Open week. Next week, the Badgers begin District 15-2A Division II play as they host the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs on Band Parents’ Night.
“We’ve got two weeks to get ready for Nixon,” said Wood. “Nixon’s a much improved team from last year and we have to get better to get the win on our home field.”
Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.