“We definitely improved from week one and I was very proud of the kids on how they fought,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “It came down to the last minute of play. They fought all the way to the end.”
The Bulldogs scored once in the first and second quarters before the Badgers got on the scoreboard. The first quarter’s lone score came with 21 seconds left on a 13-yard run by Hayden Holmes, but the missed PAT left the Bulldogs’ lead at 6-0. Towards the end of the first quarter, a thunderstorm in the vicinity delayed the game for 30 minutes. The storm eventually passed and play resumed afterward.
Marion scored their second and final touchdown of the game with 8:01 on the clock in the second quarter as Jourden Stanley connected with Michael Rayos on a 7-yard pass. Stanley ran in the 2-point conversion to put the lead at 14-0. The Badgers responded just 38 seconds later on a 32-yard run by Dylan Wright, though the missed extra point left the Badgers trailing 14-6 at halftime.
Scoring did not occur again until the fourth quarter, with 1:14 to go, when Paul Kinney scored on a 50-yard punt return. The Badgers had a chance to tie the game with a 2-point conversion, but the pass attempt was incomplete, leaving the score at 14-12 in Marion’s favor as time expired.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 243 yards of total offense, with 231 yards rushing over 34 carries and 12 yards passing over three completions. By contrast, the Bulldogs gained 254 yards of total offense, with 173 yards rushing over 43 carries and 81 yards passing over eight completions. In terms of penalties, the Badgers were flagged three times for 30 total yards and the Bulldogs were flagged seven times for 65 total yards.
“Both of us are running teams out of the shotgun,” said Wood. “The field was wet so it was a ground game for both teams. There was a lot of hitting. It was just a good game.”
This week, the Badgers will once again have a tough road test as they prepare to face the Randolph Ro-Hawks.
“We’ve got to have a good week of practice,” said Wood. “We’re still making little mistakes and we have to eliminate those. If we do that, the score will take care of itself. Randolph has a lot of speed and they’re well coached.”
Kickoff at Randolph AFB is set for Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.