“We had a very good week of practice,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We got some things corrected, the kids came out, played four quarters of football and played good defense.”
The Badgers scored three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. The first came just 26 seconds into the ball game as Paul Kinney scored on a 63-yard run, with Ronnie Kinney kicking the extra point to make it 7-0. The second came at the 6:08 mark as Paul Kinney scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time on a 42-yard run, with Ronnie Kinney converting the PAT to make it 14-0. The third and final score of the first quarter came with 54 seconds left as Jacob Janysek scored on an 8-yard run, with Ronnie Kinney’s PAT extending the Karnes City lead to 21-0 as the first quarter came to a close. The 21-0 score lasted through the remainder of the first half.
Karnes City scored both of their last two touchdowns of the game in the third quarter. The first of these two came at the 6:52 mark on an 8-yard run by Dylan Wright, with Ronnie Kinney adding the PAT. The second of the two came with 1:57 on the clock as Janysek scored his second rushing touchdown of the ball game, though the missed kick left the score at 34-0 to end the third quarter. Cotulla broke the shutout bid in the fourth quarter, with 5:50 to go, as Noe Rodriguez scored on a 60-yard touchdown run and ran in the two-point conversion as well to put the final tally at 34-8.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 309 yards of total offense, with 273 yards rushing over 33 carries and 36 yards passing over four completions. The Cowboys were held to 110 yards of total offense, with 82 yards rushing over 32 carries and 28 yards passing over three completions. In terms of penalties, the Badgers were flagged seven times for 50 total yards and the Cowboys were penalized 11 times for 67 total yards.
“We were down after the Bloomington game, but the kids responded well,” said Wood. “We made tackles and created turnovers, so we’re excited about that.”
This week, the Badgers will go on the road to face the Natalia Mustangs. Natalia is coming off a loss to Poth.
“We have to play our A-game,” said Wood. “It’s going to be a battle. If we play up to our standards, we’ll be fine, but we have to stay focused.”
Kickoff in Natalia is set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.