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Eagles down Badgers, 41-19
by James Ratcliff
Sep 21, 2011 | 1069 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karnes City’s Garret Liska (left) and David Glenn combine to bring down the Luling runner Friday night in Karnes City.
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KARNES CITY – On Friday night’s Homecoming showdown at Poss Johnson Field, the Karnes City Badgers welcomed the Luling Eagles to town. In last season’s matchup between these two teams, the Badgers came out on top. This year, however, was a different story altogether as the Eagles put their defense to use, handing the Badgers a 41-19 defeat. “We played a pretty good first half,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “In the second half, we turned the ball over way too much. You can’t do that if you expect to win the ball game.”

The first half saw the Eagles and the Badgers keeping it close. With 10 minutes left in the 1st quarter, the Eagles drew first blood as running back Brendon Cubit scored on a 7-yard run and quarterback Billy Medford ran in the 2-point conversion. The Badgers responded right back as senior quarterback K.D. Glenn found junior receiver Philip Vaughan for a 21-yard touchdown. However the extra point was no good, leaving the score at 8-6 after one quarter of play. The lone score of the 2nd quarter came on the legs of Medford as he scored on a 5-yard run with just 1:01 left until halftime. The following PAT failed, leaving the Eagles with a 14-6 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Eagles put the game well out of the Badgers’ reach. At the 9:52 mark, Medford scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from 56 yards away. Again, the kick would miss its’ mark. On the ensuing Karnes City possession, with 9:23 to go, Medford would recover the fumble and take it 44 yards the other way for the Eagles. Kicker Brett Eckles tacked on the PAT, extending the lead to 27-6. The Badgers would not give up so easily, putting together a drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by senior running back Kevon Shelton. Senior kicker Wally Gonzales would convert the extra point, cutting the lead to 27-13 with 7:43 on the clock. The 3rd quarter’s last score came again from the Eagle’s defense as John Palomo recovered a fumble and took it 10 yards for the Luling touchdown with 2:12 to go. Eckles’ kick found its mark, giving the Eagles a 34-13 leading heading into the 4th quarter.

The Eagles’ final score of the night came with 10:02 to go as Medford scored his third rushing touchdown on a 7-yard run, with Eckles adding the PAT. The Badgers would get the last score of the night with 5:20 left as Glenn showed his running skills by scoring on a 53-yard run. The kick would fail, however, leaving the score at 41-19 as time expired.

Statistically, the Eagles gained 326 yards of total offense, with 213 rushing and 113 passing. The Badgers, by comparison, gained 216 yards of total offense, with 195 on the ground and 21 through the air. Penalties proved to matter little, as the Eagles were penalized 7 times for 45 yards and the Badgers were penalized twice for five yards total. The key stat towards the Badgers’ loss was turnovers, as Karnes City lost three fumbles while Luling lost one fumble and threw two interceptions.

Despite the 1-3 start to the season, Wood remained optimistic about the Badgers. “The kids are continuing to get better,” said Wood. “We’ve got to get healthy and continue to improve. We’ve got to get things going and do all the little things correct.

This week, the Badgers will have their Bye week. Next week the Badgers will start their District 13-2A Division II campaign, as the San Antonio Brooks Academy Bengals come to Poss Johnson Field. “We’re gonna make sure we get ourselves better,” said Wood. “Right now, everybody’s 0-0. This is a new season. Hopefully we’ll make a run for the district championship. That’s still our goal.” Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM.
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