With a record of 0-2 start to the season, the Badgers looked to turn their fortunes around. Utilizing great clock management and capitalizing off of Randolph’s mistakes, the Badgers came away with a victory at the last second with the score of 10-7.
“I’m very excited and happy for the kids,” said Karnes City Head Coach Jim Wood. “They continued to work hard and it was a good team effort.”
Prior to the game-deciding kick, both teams’ seven points game in the first half.
After intercepting a pass from the Ro-Hawks on the opening drive of the game, the Badgers took advantage of the turnover by turning it into points. With 4:32 left in the 1st quarter, Karnes City senior quarterback K.D. Glenn found junior running back Allan Cordaway in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point from senior Wally Gonzales finding its’ mark, the Badgers took a 7-0 lead that would stand until the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
Just a few seconds into the 2nd quarter, at the 11:54 mark, Ro-Hawks quarterback Kendall Peoples connected with his receiver, Dominique Williams, on a 25-yard pass for Randolph’s lone score of the night, with Williams adding the extra point as well.
The 7-7 tie score would stand past halftime and finally be broken at the game’s conclusion.
After forcing the Ro-Hawks to punt earlier in the quarter, the Badgers put together a drive that took them down to the Randolph 5-yard line. With their last timeout used to stop the clock as it showed only one second remaining until a potential overtime, the Badgers’ field goal unit took the field and the 26-yard kick by Gonzales was good, giving the Badgers their first victory of the season.
Despite losing the game, the Ro-Hawks gained 268 yards of total offense, with all of it except for their 25-yard passing touchdown coming from their running game.
Karnes City, by comparison, managed a more balanced attack of 267 yards of total offense, with 160 rushing and 107 passing. Penalties and turnovers proved to be the Ro-Hawks’ undoing, as they lost one fumble and committed 8 penalties for 50 yards. The Badgers, on the other hand, had no fumbles and were only flagged 3 times for 15 yards. Both teams threw one interception each during the contest.
Wood said that keeping mistakes to a minimum was a key part of the game plan.
“We talked to the kids about it,” said Wood. “We’ve got to play every play like it’s the last. We executed better than Randolph. We knew going in that we’re going to have to learn from our mistakes.”
This week the Badgers will host the Luling Eagles for their annual Homecoming game and for their first home game of the season at Poss Johnson Field.
“We’re gonna continue to work,” said Wood. “I believe that to earn something we’ve got to work hard at it.”
Kickoff in Karnes City is set for Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.