“I’m very proud of the kids,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “Poth had many consecutive home district wins. We made just enough plays to get the win.”
Both teams scored once in the second quarter. Poth drew first blood with 10:11 on the clock as Phillip Garza caught a pass from Thomas Krawietz for the 84-yard score, with Zach Lyssy kicking the PAT. The Badgers countered at the 7:06 mark as Paul Kinney punched it in on a 2-yard run, with John Garcia kicking the extra point to knot the game up at 7-7.
The 7-7 score stood through the entire second half and into overtime.
In overtime, the Badgers won the toss and elected to play defense first, where they prevented the Pirates from breaking the tie. On the Badgers’ overtime possession, after a few plays, Garcia kicked a 23-yard field goal to give Karnes City the victory.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 171 yards of total offense, with 138 yards rushing over 42 carries and 33 yards passing over seven completions. The Pirates, by comparison, gained 227 yards of total offense, with 148 yards rushing over 38 completions and 79 yards passing over three completions.
Penalty wise, the Badgers were flagged five times for 23 total yards and the Pirates committed four penalties for 22 total yards. The Badgers won the turnover battle as they forced three interceptions throughout the contest, while the Pirates recovered one interception and one fumble.
This week, the Badgers will travel up Highway 123 to Stockdale to take on the Brahmas in a game with a potential playoff bid on the line.
“Just because we beat Poth, our season is not over,” said Wood. “Stockdale is the next step. We’ve got to be ready to go to Stockdale and beat a good team. A win against Stockdale would clinch us a playoff spot.”
Kickoff in Stockdale is set for Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.