The Kiowa County Mavericks struggled but still came away with a 26-12 victory over the Skyline Thunderbirds.

It wasn’t the best looking game for the Kiowa County Mavericks as they took on the Skyline Thunderbirds Sept. 7 at Skyline but in the end, a win was a win.

The Mavericks took a 26-12 victory in the game with three of their touchdowns coming in the second quarter.

It was a far cry from the big 56-8 win over Minneola the week before.

Coach Tye Remy said this was not the teams best performance. Collectively, the team was flagged for 12 penalties for a total of 105 yards. It was a night for penalties as Skyline also had 12 for 100 yards.

Their were six or seven botched snaps with one that went way over the quarterbacks head. Remy said he was going to wet down some footballs and have the quarterback and center practice hiking the ball. Whether it was the wet field or the team was just not on their game, Remy said didn’t know what was going on compared to a week ago.

But Remy said it felt good to get a win even when the team played poorly. They over came adversity even though they were doing it to themselves.

On the positive side, the team definitely established their running game. On offense, the team had 243 yards with 186 rushing and 57 receiving, Remy said.

While the backs were kept busy on the ground, the passing game was limited to only nine attempts with three competitions. But those completions were very effective.

“We only completed three passes on the night but two went for touchdowns,” Remy said. “We threw the ball effectively even though we didn’t throw it a lot.”

It took a while for the offense to get on the scoreboard. After first quarter Skyline score, the Mavericks hit three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Cooper Zenger carried the ball for a 27 yard touchdown then Cale Thompson ran the ball in four minutes later with Zenger completing a two point conversion to give the Mavericks a 14-6 lead.

But they weren’t done. With just four seconds on the clock before half time, Cale Thompson completed a pass to Brandon Boyles for a 13 yard TD.

The Mavericks couldn’t find the end zone in the third quarter but the T-Birds scored a rushing TD to make the score 20-12 at the end of the third period.

With 8:38 left in the game, Thompson hit Rhylan Tedder for a 23 yard touchdown run. The defense held off a late fourth quarter push by the Thunderbirds for a final score of 26-12 and a Maverick win.

Defense held the Thunderbirds to just two scores and stopped both point after touchdown attempts. They also had three sacks on the T-Bird quarterback. As the team prepares for their next game, the coaches had serious talks about what they need to do to get the team performing at a better level.

The Mavericks next game is 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at home against Pretty Prairie.