“We came out focused and executed well,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We took advantage of turnovers and great field position.”
The Badgers scored twice in the first quarter. The first score came with 7:28 on the clock as Dylan Lopez connected with K.D. Glenn on a 30-yard passing score, though the kick failed. The second score came with 5:53 to go as Paul Kinney rushed past the Natalia defense for a 73-yard rushing score, with John Garcia’s kick putting the lead at 13-0 after the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Badgers had a strong scoring showcase on both sides of the ball.
Just 45 seconds into the quarter, Dylan Wright scored on an 11-yard run, though the extra point was no good. With 7:47 on the clock, Lopez and Glenn found each other again, this time on a 21-yards passing score, with Lopez running in the conversion to extend the lead to 27-0. The last offensive score of the half came with 1:11 to go before halftime as Lopez found Mauricio Blanco for the 30-yard score through the air, with Garcia kicking the PAT. The Badgers were not done as, on the ensuing Natalia possession, Chance Leal recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards for the score. Garcia’s kick left the Karnes City lead at 41-0 at halftime.
The Badgers last two scores of the game came in the third quarter. The first occurred with 9:00 on the clock as Lopez scored on a 41-yard run, though the kick failed. The final Karnes City score happened at the 6:20 mark as Nick Adams ran it in from 18-yards out, though another missed PAT left the lead at 53-0.
The Mustangs’ only score of the contest came with 25 seconds left to play in the game as Bert Villarreal punched it in on a 1-yard run, with Michael Reyes kicking the extra point to put the final score at 53-7.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 452 yards of total offense, with 339 yards rushing over 40 attempts and 113 yards passing over six completions. The Mustangs, by comparison, gained 170 yards of total offense, with 58 yards rushing over 26 carries and 112 yards passing over 13 completions. In terms of penalties, both teams were flagged five times, with Karnes City being penalized for 35 total yards and Natalia for 24 total yards.
“We actually played our best offensive game so far,” said Wood. “We knew we were going to have to keep the ball out of their hands. We got everybody in and did well.”
This week, the Badgers will travel to Poth to face the Pirates in a crucial district matchup. “We’re going to have to get well prepared,” said Wood. “Poth’s tough, they’ve been the district champs the last two years. We’re going to have to play our best ball.”
Kickoff in Poth is set for Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.