The JV Badgers defeated Dilley in the last game of the season 16-12 to capture a share of the district title with Dilley and Stockdale.
“We were a small team, not much size, but we stuck together and kept trying and fighting for district and came through,” freshman Rhett Kelley, a team leader on both offense and defense, said Monday. “The games are faster in high school. You play with and practice against older kids. It’s tough (so) we gotta keep trying and play together. I’ve gotta get bigger and get better. Workout more. Become better at everything I do.”
On Thursday vs. Dilley, Kelley scored first for the Badgers, and quarterback Cib Braun connected with Thomas Yanta for the two- point conversion. Yanta added another score for the Badgers with a 30-yard rushing touchdown while Kelley scored on the two-point conversion. The offensive line consisting of Garrison Moczygemba, Nick Casanova, Andres Moncada, Ivan Kotzur, Nolan Janysek, and Edmund Valdez allowed the Badger offense to march up and down the field.
The Badger defense fought off the explosive Dilley attack with pressure from B.J. Rickard, Casanova and Kotzur. Casanova also recovered a fumble in the end zone. Chris Brambilla intercepted two passes, leading to a Badger score. With time running out, Dilley blocked a punt and recovered inside the 30-yard line to make the game exciting, but the Badger defense held strong and sealed the victory.
On Nov. 1, the JV Badgers lost to Stockdale 8-0. The game was scoreless until the fourth quarter. Stockdale held the ball all of the third quarter, but the Badger defense stopped them on a crucial fourth down. A costly fumble on a pitch from Cib Braun to Rhett Kelley gave the Brahmas great field position, and with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Stockdale scored and converted a two-point attempt.
Coach Perez pointed out offensive standouts as Braun, Kelley and Chris Brambilla, while defensive standouts were Nick Casanova, Garrison Moczygemba, Andres Moncada and Peter Baldaramos.