“The offensive line played well in the second half controlling the line of scrimmage and getting after their defensive front,” Coach Armstrong said. “Defensively, we played extremely hard and made important stops at key moments in the game. “
Sophomore Running Back Mauricio Blanco paced the Badgers with the most rushing yards and a score, while Sophomore Receiver Mac Pogue led in receiving yards and chipped in another touchdown. Freshman Quarterback Kolton Witte connected on important passes to Pogue and Sophomore Jeremy Coronado, and added a two-point conversion when he hit Freshman Thomas Yanta, who also had some key receptions.
The Badgers were up 14-0 at the half. Nixon scored their only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
“Tre Beaver and Mac Pogue ran the ball well and did a great job lead blocking for us,” Coach Armstrong said. “Elias Estrada and Tre Beaver stepped up hugely for us and stopped Nixon’s running game. Earl Morin, Ryan Vajdos, Aaron Lopez and Chayse Leal put pressure on their offensive line and wore down their offensive front. The secondary – Robert Morin, Kolton Witte, Collin Lybarger, Wesley Lover – all played well in pass coverage. Jacob Janysek forced the quarterback into hurrying his throws and Mac Pogue forced a fumble recovered by Ryan Vajdos.”
Estrada, a freshman inside linebacker, said when the defense controls the game, it makes it easy for the offense and the outcome is positive.
“We did good defensively, and we kept the defense pumped the whole game,” he said.
The JV team will travel to Dilley with kickoff at 6 p.m.
“Our main goal is to win district, but we have to take it one game at a time,” Kinney said.
The offensive and defensive lines must stay strong, Vajdos, a sophomore center and defensive end, said.
“We can’t let anything get to us,” he said.