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Yoakum wins mistake-filled game against Edna

By MIKE FORMAN
Sept. 22, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.

Edna quarterback Austin Kelley is tackled by Yoakum's T.J. Hights during Friday's game.

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EDNA - Yoakum wide receiver Keith Ratley searched for a way to describe his team's performance before coming up with the most plausible explanation.

"We could have done better," Ratley said. "But we got the victory."

Yoakum survived a game filled with penalties, turnovers and missed opportunities to pull out a 21-14 win over Edna on Friday night at Cowboy Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 by racking up 449 yards of offense, but could never pull away from the Cowboys, who dropped to 2-2.

"We've got to be able to finish drives when we get down there," said Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay. "We moved the ball between the 20s quite effectively and didn't get points out of it."

The Bulldogs had two passes intercepted, lost a fumble and were penalized 11 times for 83 yards and failed to score after reaching the Edna 12-, 18- and 23-yard lines.

"We just need to improve in our execution and what we do and make things better and be a good team," Ratley said.

Ratley did his part by catching four passes for 166 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown reception and had a 20-yard run. T.J. Hights chipped in with three receptions for 59 yards and a 7-yard run.

"The thing that makes it unique is we have a guy on the other side too so they can't really bracket him (Ratley) because we've got a guy on the other side who can do the same thing and our two inside guys can go at any point in time," Kornegay said. "So it makes people have to respect both of them. As far as getting open, we feel like we can."

Edna had turnover and penalty problems of its own. The Cowboys lost three fumbles, including one at the Yoakum 1-yard line, and two penalties extended scoring drives by the Bulldogs.

"We kept driving the ball on them we just couldn't get in the end zone," said Edna's Austin Kelley. "Fumbles and penalties and that's what did it for us."

Yoakum never trailed after Chase Hermes and Ratley hooked up down the sideline in the first quarter.

Braden Drozd also scored on an 8-yard run, but the Bulldogs never had more than a one-score advantage until Willie Hights' 3-yard touchdown run with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter.

"We are," said Kornegay when asked if his team was still searching for consistency. "The effort by the kids was great and we're just going to keep plugging away and getting better every week."

Edna pulled within 7-6 on an 18-yard touchdown run by Dominique Gossen with 2:16 left in the third quarter. But T.J. Hights blocked the extra point attempt.

Edna came back again when Kelley threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to DeQuan Cantu and Tyler Kucera added the two-point conversion run with 1:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Cantu had seven catches for 139 yards and seven rushes for 51 yards.

"All we need to do is focus more before the games, practice more and focus on football," Kelley said. "We need to keep working hard and keep doing what we do."

Edna's onside kick failed to go 10 yards and Yoakum secured the win on a 4-yard run by Willie Hights on a third-and-one.

"You can take a lot of things from a win," Kornegay said. "We're proud of the kids and what they do and we're going to get better."

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