“We had some turnovers early and we put the ball in their hands too much,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “It’s my job to get us to quit turning the ball over.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Pirates got on the board at the 8:55 mark of the second quarter as Koby Pruski punched it in on a 1-yard run and Dylan Sefcik kicked the extra point to put Poth’s lead at 7-0. With 51 seconds left until halftime, the Pirates’ defense managed to get a safety to extend their lead to 9-0 at the break.
The Badgers broke the shutout bid just 47 seconds into the second half as Paul Kinney scored on a 14-yard run, with Ronnie Kinney’s extra point cutting the deficit to 9-7. The Pirates responded with two more touchdowns in the third quarter. The first of these came with precisely 7 minutes on the clock as Thomas Krawietz scored on a 5-yard run, though the missed kick left the score at 15-7. The second of these came with 2:33 to go as Pruski scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from 4 yards out. Krawietz ran in the two-point conversion to extend Poth’s lead to 23-7 going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored once in the fourth quarter. The Badgers scored first, at the 9:24 mark, as Paul Kinney scored his second rushing touchdown of the contest, this one from 8 yards away. The failed conversion left the score at 23-13. Poth’s final score came with 4:45 to play as Krawietz punched it in on a 3-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion himself to put the final score at 31-13.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 226 yards of total offense, with 187 yards rushing over 35 carries and 39 yards passing over six completions. By comparison, the Pirates gained 335 yards of total offense, with 294 yards rushing over 45 carries and 41 yards passing over three completions. In terms of penalties, the Badgers were flagged three times for 35 total yards and the Pirates were called six times for 46 total yards.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard,” said Wood. “We need to eliminate the mistakes.”
This week, the Badgers will host their rivals from up Highway 123, the Stockdale Brahmas, for Parents’ Night at Poss Johnson Field.
“For us, we’ve got to win out,” said Wood about the Badgers’ postseason chances. “Each game we play from here on out is a playoff game.”
Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.