KATY -- Being down 28-7 at halftime -- the largest deficit the West Sabine Tigers faced all season -- certainly qualified as adversity. Try as they may to make a comeback, the No. 1 Tigers' season ended Friday night at Rhodes Stadium in a shocking 49-7 upset loss to Shiner.
Running back Quentin Wright gains some of his 201 yards against West Sabine on Friday night in Katy. (photo by Crossroads Legal Video)
"That was probably the best my guys played all year, on both sides of the ball," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "We really came off the ball and controlled the line of scrimmage.
"The only thing they had going was the passing game, but our secondary played super."
Cerny said running the ball is the strength of his team and it showed. Of Shiner's 373 yards of offense, 368 of those yards came on the ground with Quentin Wright's 218 yards leading the way. Simply put, the Comanches beat West Sabine's defensive line into submission.
"This reminds me of the Celeste game," West Sabine coach Gary Vanya said. "It seems like we got outplayed, but it's more likely they were just the better team tonight.
"They got things going their way and took us out of the game."
Shiner football players celebrate victory Friday in Katy over the the Class 1A #1-ranked, previously unbeaten West Sabine Tigers. (photo by BaerCom)
West Sabine only score of the evening was David Fussell's 12 yard run that cut the lead to 20-7 in the second quarter. Other than that, it was all Shiner.
Shiner scored 28 points in the first half and 21 in the fourth quarter. The Comanches' three first half scoring drives totaled 170 yards on 20 plays, capped off by Wright's 6 yard run, Garet Pustka's quarterback keeper and Chris Baer's 5 yard dive. Desmond Brooks returned a blocked punt 4 yards to extend the lead to 26. West Sabine's Danny Bragg was sacked for a safety to close out the first half scoring.
Shiner quarterback Garet Pustka's 7-yard touchdown pass to Steven Evans, which capped off an 11 play, 47 yard, 6 minute 47 second drive that put the Comanches up 35-7 with just 11:56 left in the game started the fourth quarter scoring. Quentin Wright and Kenzley Wright would add touchdown runs of 5 and 15 yards to close out the scoring.
"I thought it was going to be a closer game because they were ranked No. 1 and we were ranked high in the polls too," Quentin Wright said. "We just came out strong and that's how we won.
"Our offensive line played well. They opened up holes and all we had to do as running backs was to run through them. You could have drove a truck through it."
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