The first half was fiercely contested as both teams kept jockeying for field position. The Pirates drew first blood in the contest with 6:18 to go in the first quarter as junior running back Phillip Garza scored on a 33-yard run, with senior quarterback Braden Lyssy kicking the PAT. Garza scored again later in the quarter, at the 1:33 mark, on a short 2-yard run, with Lyssy’s kick putting the lead at 14-0 after a quarter of play. The Badgers got on the scoreboard with 7:44 in the second quarter as junior quarterback K.D. Glenn punched it in on a 5-yard run with senior Wally Gonzales kicking the extra point to cut the Pirates lead in half. The Pirates countered on their next possession with 6:33 on the clock as Lyssy scored a rushing touchdown of his own, this one from 37 yards away, and kicked his own PAT to extend the lead to 21-7. The Badgers got the last shot off in the first half as Glenn scored with 6 seconds to go until halftime on a 9-yard run with Gonzales’ extra point putting the score at 21-14 at halftime.
The Pirates pulled away in the second half with two third quarter scores to put the game out of reach. The first came just 21 seconds into the quarter as junior kick returner Zach Lyssy scored on an 80-yard kickoff return. Lyssy connected with senior receiver Trey Broyles on the ensuing conversion to extend the lead to 29-14. The final score of the game came with 6:50 on the clock as Lyssy scored on a 43-yard run, with the failed PAT putting the score at 35-14, which stood through the entire fourth quarter.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 226 yards of total offense, with 131 rushing over 49 attempts and 95 passing over 10 attempts. The Pirates, by comparison, gained 360 yards of total offense with all of it coming from their running game over 32 attempts. In terms of penalties, the Badgers were flagged 6 times for 45 total yards and the Pirates were flagged twice for 20 total yards. “Both teams ran the ball well and we made a few mistakes that hurt us,” said Wood.
This week, the Badgers will welcome the Three Rivers Bulldogs for Parent’s Night at Poss Johnson Field. “We’re preparing to beat Three Rivers,” said Wood. “The seniors will be fired up to play the last home game at Karnes City. We’re looking forward to it.” Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, November 4 at 7:30 PM.