“We played well at times, but we had five turnovers,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We had some calls go against us, but they fought through.”
The Badgers scored the lone score of the first quarter, with 7:40 on the clock, as Paul Kinney punched it in on a 1-yard run, though the kick was no good, putting the score at 6-0. Natalia got on the board at the 9:50 mark of the second quarter as Arturo Contreras scored on a 4-yard run. Carlos Ocampo’s PAT gave the Mustangs the 7-6 lead. The Badgers countered with just six seconds left until halftime as Dylan Wright connected with Jacob Janysek on a 14-yard passing score. The kick was no good, leaving Karnes City’s halftime lead at 12-7.
Natalia’s lone score of the third quarter came at the 9:39 mark as Erik Villarreal connected with Mario Bermea on a 66-yard passing score, though the missed PAT left the Mustangs with a 13-12 lead. Karnes City scored in the third quarter. The first came just 55 seconds after Natalia’s score as Paul Kinney punched it in once more on a 1-yard run, though the failed kick left the score at 18-13. Karnes City’s final touchdown of the game came at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter as Wright scored on a 59-yard run. Wright passed to Janysek for the two-point conversion to extend the Badgers’ lead to 26-13 after three quarters of play. Natalia’s lone score of the fourth quarter came at the 8:20 mark as Villarreal punched it in on a 1-yard run, with Ocampo kicking the extra point to put the score at 26-20. The Badgers put the game out of Natalia’s reach with 2:15 left to play as Ronnie Kinney kicked a 25-yard field goal to put the final tally at 29-20.
Statistically, the Badgers gained 401 yards of total offense, with 366 yards rushing over 52 carries and 35 yards passing over four completions. The Mustangs, by comparison, gained 252 yards of total offense, with 95 yards rushing over 31 carries and 157 yards passing over seven completions. In terms of penalties, the Badgers committed seven penalties for 53 total yards and the Mustangs were flagged four times for 35 total yards.
“Our defense came up big,” said Wood. “We really took it to them defensively.”
This week, the Badgers will host the Poth Pirates. Poth is undefeated in district play going into the contest.
“We’ve got to have a great week of practice,” said Wood. “We can’t make mistakes against Poth. It’s going to be a big week. We know we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.