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DISTRICT 15-3A, DIVISION II
Miscues and turnovers overshadowed a strong defensive effort as Dilley dropped its third straight game in District 15-3A, Division II play last Friday via a 22-0 loss to Karnes City.
Injuries also played a role as the Wolves were also down three key players during the outing.
A pair of first quarter turnovers gave the Badgers a quick 9-0 lead. They then added two more scores in the second half to pull away for the win.
“Our defense played extremely tough,” DHS AD and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “The first nine points came off a bad snap into the endzone for a safety and an interception put Karnes City inside the five-yard line. After that, Karnes City didn’t score until late in the game.”
Silva noted that offensively, the team is oftentimes a single block away from making a play.
“Offensively, we are usually one block away from a big play, that’s what I have to fix,” he said. “Not having three of our fastest kids on the field, due to injuries, we’re having to grind out yards, so, all blocks are crucial.
“Deuce Cano ran the ball tough and Gabriel Tijerina also had a good game, rarely coming off the field. Defensively, Clay Tom Hurt and Charles Morales had an outstanding game.”
The coach said that going forward, the Wolves must improve their execution in the passing game.
“We have to get better at throwing the ball in order to make defenses honor the pass and get them out of the seven in the box personnel,” he said. “The boys are still working hard and that’s all I can ask for.”
A bad snap into the endzone led to the Badgers first points of the night as they recovered the loose ball for a safety. An interception deep in Dilley’s side of the field then resulted in Karnes City with possession at the Wolves’ five-yard line. There they punched it in on a three-yard run to make it 9-0. The Badgers then broke off an 81-yard touchdown run in the third and added a two-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Dilley was limited to 139 yards of total offense and ten first downs. Karnes City, despite scoring only 22 points, rolled up 373 yards of offense and 16 first downs. The team rushed for 222 yards. Along with the two turnovers, Dilley also only converted on one of 11 third down attempts. Deuce Cano paced the Wolves with 120 yards on 26 carries. Dilley quarterbacks combined to go 0 for 7 passing with an interception. Defensively, Morales tallied 14 total tackles, including three for a loss. Aiden Gonzalez added 11 tackles and one for a loss.
Dilley will look to regroup as the enter their off week and have two weeks to prepare for Stockdale on October 22.