Both teams did not budge an inch and gave it all they had.
In the end though, the Wolves outlasted the Badgers, handing Karnes City a crushing 14-7 loss and dropping them to 2-2 in district play.
“I’m very proud of the kids, they played hard,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We played hard defensively.”
Karnes City’s only score of the night, and that of the first half, came with 3:09 left in the first quarter as senior running back Kevon Shelton busted through the Dilley defense for a 28-yard touchdown, with junior John Garcia’s PAT making it 7-0.
In the second half, the Wolves howled right back as Will Urban punched it in on a 1-yard run, with kicker Joe Garcia’s extra point knotting it up at 7-7 with 1:28 to go in the third quarter.
The Wolves took the lead and the ball game with five seconds left in the game as Urban connected with Ernie Guzman on a 15-yard pass, with Garcia’s kick sealing the Badgers’ fate.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 218 yards of total offense, with 176 rushing over 40 attempts and 42 passing over 8 attempts.
The Wolves were held to 156 yards of total offense, with 72 rushing over 30 attempts and 84 passing over 15 attempts.
Flags were not abundant as the Badgers were only flagged once for seven total yards and the Wolves were flagged four times for 24 total yards.
“Dilley just made a drive but I can’t say how proud I am for our kids fighting hard,” said Wood.
This week, the Badgers will travel up Highway 181 to take on the undefeated Poth Pirates, a team Wood and the Badgers are no strangers to.
“We’ve gotta swarm to the ball and keep the ball out of their hands,” said Wood. “We’re going over there believing we can win.” Kickoff in Poth is set for Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.