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Badgers edge Lions, 27-21
by James Ratcliff
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Kenedy senior Seferino Villarreal carries the ball breaking through the Badger defense early in Friday night’s game.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy senior Seferino Villarreal carries the ball breaking through the Badger defense early in Friday night’s game.
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Kenedy junior Jordan Valdez kicks off for the Lions at the start of the first game of the 2013 football season.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy junior Jordan Valdez kicks off for the Lions at the start of the first game of the 2013 football season.
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One of the Karnes City Cheer and Dance Camp participants entertains the crowd in Karnes City Friday night.
Joe Baker photo One of the Karnes City Cheer and Dance Camp participants entertains the crowd in Karnes City Friday night.
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Karnes City junior quarterback Dylan Wright looks for an open receiver during the Badgers’ season opener.
Joe Baker photo Karnes City junior quarterback Dylan Wright looks for an open receiver during the Badgers’ season opener.
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KARNES CITY – Coming into the season opener, both the Karnes City Badgers and the Kenedy Lions looked to start the season with a victory on Friday night. In a battle between two Karnes County teams, the Badgers utilized their ground game to counter the Lions balanced offensive attack and, when the smoke cleared, Karnes City emerged victorious over Kenedy by the score of 27-21, snapping the Lions’ two-game winning streak in this rivalry.

“It was a typical Karnes City-Kenedy game,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We got behind and had a big second quarter. Our kids fought back and made big plays. I’m proud of the kids.”

“I had 14 guys that had their first varsity game,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We did a good job hanging around, though we had guys cramp up. It’s like baptism by fire. The kids believe in what we’re doing and it’s nice for it to show on the field.”

The Lions drew first blood in the contest with 4:33 to go in the first quarter on a 57-yard run by Cedric Mejia, with Jordan Valdez kicking the extra point. Karnes City did not score in the first quarter, but scored three times in the second quarter. The first score came with 11:42 on the clock on a 5-yard run by Paul Kinney, though the kick was no good. The second score happened at the 8:25 mark on a 71-yard run by Dylan Wright, with Kinney running in the 2-point conversion. The third score came with 6:13 to go on a 75-yard punt return by Kinney, with Chayse Leal’s PAT giving the Badgers a 21-7 lead at the end of the first half.

The Lions rallied with a score of their own just 55 seconds into the third quarter with Dominic Cruz connecting with Seferino Villarreal on a 52-yard passing touchdown. Valdez’s kick put the score at 21-14. The Badgers countered with their final touchdown of the game at the 7:32 mark of the third quarter on a 41-yard run by Wright, though the missed kick left the score at 27-14 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter’s lone score came with 7:09 to go with Mejia punching it in for the Lions from the 1-yard line, with Valdez’s kick making the score 27-21. The score stood as time expired, giving the Badgers the victory.

Both Wood and Havron stressed the importance of minimizing penalties.

“We had way too many penalties,” said Havron. The special teams play killed us. Even then, we had a chance to down the field and win. We’ll get better from there.”

“Our main deal is to run the ball,” said Wood. “We’re going to throw when we need to but were going to utilize our strength. We didn’t have that many penalties but we had some at crucial times and we can’t have that.”

Statistically, the Badgers gained 386 yards of total offense, with all but 14 of them coming from their ground game. Correct statistics for the Lions and additional statistics were unavailable at press time.

This week, the Lions will host the Pettus Eagles. Though the Eagles were winless in 2012, Havron said that they have gained experience since then.

“They have our full attention,” said Havron about the Eagles. “We’ll try to get a win under our belt and we have to keep improving.”

The Badgers will travel to Marion to face the Bulldogs.

“We’re going to be ready,” said Wood. “A lot of improvements are made from week one to week two. Marion’s a tough team. It’s a part of growing up, going on the road.”

Kickoff for both games is set for Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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