Badgers annihilate Mustangs, 42-0
by James Ratcliff
Oct 04, 2012 | 1459 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Karnes City Highsteppers dance team perform for the halftime crowd during a recent Badgers football game.
Members of the Karnes City Highsteppers dance team perform for the halftime crowd during a recent Badgers football game.
NIXON – Though rain in the area put some games across the state into a delay or postponement, the Karnes City Badgers and the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs met on Friday night in a game that kicked off District 15-2A Division II play. Taking advantage of numerous mistakes by the Mustangs while playing tough defense, the Badgers cruised to a 42-0 victory to improve their season record to 3-1 and start district competition with a 1-0 record. “We prepared for two weeks and worked on our fundamentals,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We came out and executed well, blocked more physically up front and had a good game plan.”

Both halves saw the Badgers score three times in each half. The first quarter’s only score came via a 31-yard touchdown run by K.D. Glenn at the 5:01 mark, though the PAT was no good. Later in the game, with 3:55 on the clock in the second quarter, Dylan Lopez connected with Philip Vaughan for a 15-yard touchdown pass, with Glenn running in the two-point conversion to put the lead at 14-0. On the next Karnes City possession, with 2:41 left until halftime, Dylan Wright punched it in on a 4-yard run with John Garcia’s extra point putting the Karnes City lead at 21-0 at halftime.

In the second half, the Badgers kept going. The third quarter’s only score came with 6:33 on the clock as Vaughan intercepted a Nixon-Smiley pass attempt and returned it 35 yards for the pick-six, with Garcia’s kick extending the lead to 28-0. The Badgers last two scores of the game came in the fourth quarter. With 7:41 to go, Nick Adams scored on a 13-yard run, with Garcia’s kick hitting the mark. The last score of the game came with 3:51 left as Wright scored on a 36-yard touchdown run. Garcia’s kick put the final tally at 42-0.

Statistically, the Badgers gained 291 yards of total offense, with 266 yards rushing over 49 carries and 25 yards passing over two completions. The Mustangs were held to 25 yards of total offense, with 22 yards rushing over 27 attempts and had one 3-yard pass completion. In terms of penalties, the Badgers were flagged six times for 30 total yards and the Mustangs were flagged five times for 25 total yards. “The rain was coming down hard at the beginning of the game and we stuck to our running game,” said Wood. “We were fortunate to hold on to the ball.”

This week, the Badgers will have their annual Homecoming game as they host the Bloomington Bobcats in the second game of district competition. “Our approach is just one game at a time,” said Wood. “Each game is crucial to our goal to winning the district championship. That’s what we’re looking forward to.” The game will also be broadcast live on the radio on KAML 990 AM. Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
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