The Elmore City-Pernell Badgers did a few things that no other team accomplished in the first three games of the season against Velma-Alma Friday at Edgar Martin Field.

The Badgers scored a point and they held a lead against the Comets.

Despite the season’s first, Velma-Alma went on to win 30-6.

Both events came early in the first period, as ECP took advantage of a Comet miscue on the opening kickoff and came away with the muffed kickoff.

Elmore City-Pernell was unable to convert a first down after a false start penalty on fourth-and-inches forced them backwards.

However, the Badgers Nathan Rhode snapped the Comets 12 quarter shutout streak with a 31-yard field goal giving ECP an early 3-0 lead at the 10:54 mark of the first period.

The Comets again gave the ball to Elmore City on a muffed punt later in the period which set the Badgers up again in prime scoring territory.

Velma-Alma got the ball back when Elmore City quarterback Sam Powers’ pass was picked off by linebacker Kyle Tilley and returned to the Badger 42.

The Comets were unable to take advantage of the ECP miscue and ended up punting the ball away.

The first quarter ended with the surprisingly stout Badgers leading 3-0 over the No. 2 Velma-Alma Comets.

However, The second period was a new tale. On a drive bolstered by a 20-yard run on a reverse by Trenton Files, the Comets were able to punch the ball into the end zone on a quarterback sneak by Kyle Palacol.

The extra-point hold was mishandled, but the Comets converted a 2-point pass to make the score 8-3.

The Badgers’ Shane Rhode returned the ensuing kickoff to the Comet 22 which set up the Badgers again in favorable field position.

Elmore City-Pernell managed a first down before stalling out and setting themselves up with a field goal attempt. Nathan Rhode was steady and true from the left hash from 27 yards out to make the score 8-6 in favor of the Comets.

V-A’s penalty woes continued in this game, as they had yet another big play called back in the second period. However, with time expiring for the Comets in the first half, Palacol found Jarryd Loring on a 43-yard pass which Loring was able to grab and control as he entered the end zone. Palacol’s kick was good and the Comets took a 15-6 lead into the half.

The third period saw the Comets score on a Palacol to Loring pass that covered eight yards to the corner of the end zone which gave the Comets a 23-7 lead. The Comets capped off their scoring early in the fourth period when John Darter scored struck paydirt on a 2-yard run which gave the Comets their deciding score and lead of 30-6.

Comet head coach Greg Gothard came away with a clear message after the game.

“Elmore City was really good up front and they whipped us at times up there,” he said. “We really didn’t prepare like we should have for this game and I don’t feel I prepared us to play as well as we could. We need to fix the problems we have right now so we can achieve the goals we set forth at the beginning of the season.”

The Comets gained a season low 280 yards of total offense and gave up a season high 11 first downs.

Velma-Alma will travel to Wynnewood Friday in a big A-3 matchup that has district-title implications.

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