KARNES CITY – Despite a close first half, the Karnes City Badgers struggled in the second half as the Poth Pirates handed them their first loss of the season, by the score of 41-13. With the result, both teams left Poss Johnson Field at 2-1 overall.

Karnes City head coach Jim Wood said, “I have to give Poth credit, their kids are fast. We had a lot of mental miscues, and they took advantage. We gave up too many big plays just before and after the half.”

Poth scored twice in the first quarter, and led 13-0, before the Badgers responded in the second quarter. 

Just under a minute into the second frame, Brayden Bowen threw to Aaron Smith for a 26-yard touchdown. Bowen then kicked the ensuing PAT to cut the deficit to six points.

The tying score happened around the 9:00 mark as Bowen threw to Adonis Shular for a second passing touchdown. However, the missed left kick left things knotted up at 13-13. The Pirates rallied and scored twice more to go up 28-13 at halftime. Poth then added one touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of KC’s reach.

Statistically, Bowen completed seven passes for 119 yards, and Jaden Jaramillo led the Karnes City running backs with 44 yards on nine carries. Smith had 49 yards on four catches, and Shular had two catches for 33 yards.

This week, Karnes City will have their final non-district tune up as they travel to Three Rivers to take on the 2-1 Bulldogs.

“Coach (Arturo) Lozano and those kids down in Three Rivers are a physical team year in and year out,” Wood said. 

“They’ve done some spread stuff, but they’ll still come at us with their Slot-T offense. We have to use this game as our last chance to clear up those mental mistakes before district play.”

Kickoff in Three Rivers is set for Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

James Ratcliff is a high school sports contributor for The Karnes Countywide. He can be reached at 830-216-3864.