“I’m proud of the way the kids fought,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We kept making it a one possession game but we couldn’t get a stop.”
The Brahmas drew first blood with 6:48 on the clock in the first quarter as Matt Valadez scored on a 25-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion to put the score at 8-0. The Badgers responded at the 4:52 mark with a 37-yard touchdown run by Paul Kinney, but the missed extra point left the deficit at 8-6. Stockdale scored 16 more points to end the first quarter, with all of them coming from Valadez. The first of these two touchdowns came on a 10-yard run at the 2:24 mark, the second touchdown came with 42 seconds left on a 55-yard run and the last four points came from conversion runs after their respective touchdowns. The Badgers trailed 24-6 after the first quarter of play. The Badgers scored 10 points to cut into Stockdale’s lead in the second quarter. The first seven came at the 9:17 mark as Dylan Wright connected with Jacob Janysek on a 17-yard passing touchdown, with Ronnie Kinney kicking the PAT. The last three came with 2:08 to go on a 24-yard Ronnie Kinney field goal to cut the deficit to 24-16 at halftime.
Each team scored once in the third quarter. The Brahmas scored first, with 7:27 on the clock, as Valadez scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, this one being an 8-yard run. Darion Bird ran in the conversion to extend Stockdale’s lead to 32-16. The Badgers countered with 1:52 to go as Paul Kinney scored on a 56-yard run, with Wright throwing to Janysek for the conversion to cut the Brahmas’ lead to 32-24 going into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter’s lone score sealed Karnes City’s fate as, with 8:30 to go, Valadez punched in his fifth rushing touchdown of the game from one yard away. Despite the failed conversion, the deficit of 38-24 stood as time expired.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 264 yards of total offense, with 187 yards rushing over 29 carries and 77 yards passing over seven completions. The Brahmas, by comparison, gained 401 yards of total offense, with 384 yards rushing over 49 carries and one 17-yard pass completion. Penalty wise, the Badgers were called three times for 20 total yards and the Brahmas committed seven penalties for 55 total yards.
“Give credit to them, they’ve got a good football team,” said Wood about Stockdale. “I’m proud the kids hung in there.”
This week, the Badgers will close out their season on the road as they face the Dilley Wolves.
“We’re going to treat it just like any other game,” said Wood. “We’ve got great seniors and we’re going to try to win their last football game for them.”
Kickoff in Dilley is set for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.