The moniker lived up to its’ name on Friday night as both teams fought hard, jockeying for position in the district race. In the end, the Badgers put their potent ground game to good use, marching on to a 28-13 victory.
“It was hard to do,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “I tried to put personal feelings aside. I coached those guys since they were freshmen but it feels good to come out with a win for the Badgers.”
In the first half of action, both teams fought tooth and nail to gain ground. After a scoreless first quarter, the Brahmas drew first blood in the contest with 5:47 to go in the second quarter as senior quarterback Colton West connected with senior receiver Cody Hastings on a 51-yard touchdown pass and catch.
The extra point was good, giving the Brahmas the early 7-0 edge.
The Badgers’ first score of the contest came with 20 seconds to go until halftime as junior quarterback K.D. Glenn hooked up with receiver Derek Williams for the score from 12 yards out, with the extra point sailing through the uprights.
The Badgers were a perfect 4 for 4 on PAT attempts for the game. At halftime, the score stood at an even 7-7.
In the second half, the Badgers proved their worth.
The third quarter’s lone score came on the legs of Karnes City senior running back Kevon Shelton as he scored on a 31-yard run.
Stockdale’s final score of the night came just 16 seconds into the fourth quarter as sophomore running back Matt Valadez scored on a lengthy 69-yard touchdown run.
The extra point attempt failed, however, leaving the score in favor of the Badgers at 14-13.
Shelton accounted for both of the Badgers’ touchdowns of the fourth quarter.
The first score came on a 9-yard run with 5:44 left and the second on a 43-yard run with 1:41 to go to seal the deal for Karnes City.
By night’s end the Badgers gained 247 yards of total offense, with all of it except for their 12-yard scoring pass coming from their ground game.
The Brahmas, by comparison, gained 272 yards of total offense, with 169 rushing and 104 passing. Penalties were kept to a minimum as the Badgers were only flagged once for five total yards and the Brahmas were flagged thrice for 25 total yards. “We played a very disciplined game,” said Wood. “It goes to show that we’re growing and playing disciplined, sound football.”
This week the Badgers will hit the road to take on the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs, a team that is currently 1-2 in district play.
“We’ve got to continue to get better,” said Wood. “They’ll be fired up in Nixon. We’ve gotta have our minds set. It’s one game at a time.”
Kickoff in Nixon is set for Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.