The first half saw the Badgers and Mustangs test each other out. In the first quarter of the contest, the Badgers drew first blood as senior receiver and kicker Wally Gonzales nailed a 23-yard field goal with 4:46 on the clock. Just 15 seconds into the second quarter, junior quarterback K.D. Glenn connected with receiver Derek Williams on an 18-yard pass with Gonzales’ PAT extending the lead to 10-0. The Mustangs countered with 8:50 to go as Jaime Moreno scored on a 12-yard run with Alex Hernandez kicking the PAT to cut the lead to 10-7. Later in the quarter, with 2:21 left, the Mustangs took the lead as Miguel Hernandez scored on an 8-yard run, with Alex Hernandez’s PAT being true once more. The Badgers took the lead back on their ensuing possession with two minutes left as senior running back Kevon Shelton showed his speed on a 50-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, however, leaving the score at 16-14 at halftime.
In the second half though, Karnes City head coach Jim Wood summarized what happened with just one word: Turnovers. “We committed four turnovers and you just can’t do that,” said Wood. The Mustangs second half takeover started as running back Hernandez scored on a 23-yard run with kicker Hernandez adding the PAT with 10:25 to go in the third quarter. Hernandez’s leg proved potent as he kicked a 32-yard field goal with 3:05 on the clock. Karnes City’s lone score of the second half came on their ensuing possession just 22 second later as Glenn showed his fancy footwork on a 69-yard touchdown run, though the two-point conversion failed. Just 23 seconds later after that, running back Hernandez then took the ensuing kickoff the full 100 yards for a touchdown, with kicker Hernandez’s PAT making the score 31-22 heading into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs’ last nine points of the game came from Moreno on a 1-yard run with 9:42 left and from a 30-yard Hernandez field goal with 4:45 on the clock to put the final score at 40-22.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 299 yards of total offense with all but 36 of them coming from their running game. The Mustangs, by comparison, gained 358 yards of total offense with 242 rushing and 116 passing. In terms of penalties, both the Badgers and the Mustangs were flagged 6 times for 60 total yards apiece. The glaring stat, however, was turnovers and the Mustangs won that battle. Even with the loss, the Badgers sit at 2-1 in district. “We got to eliminate mistakes and can’t have any turnovers,” said Wood. “We’ve got to continue to get better.”
This week the Badgers will welcome the Dilley Wolves to Poss Johnson Field. “Dilley’s quarterback is very good,” said Wood. “We’ve got to contain him, control the clock, move the ball and score points when we’re in the red zone.” Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, October 21 at 7:30 PM.