Shiner 33, Stratford 19
(Texas Class A State Championship Game)

December 19, 2004
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WICHITA FALLS -- Chris Baer ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns and added an 88-yard kickoff return for a score to lead Shiner to a 33-19 win over Stratford in the Class A state championship game on Saturday night.

The Comanches, which lost the title game by one point to Windthorst last year, completed a perfect 16-0 season with the win.

After the Elks (13-3) took an early 7-0 lead on an 88-yard pass from Josh King to Tony Ruiz, Baer got it right back with his 88-yard kickoff return. He also had touchdown runs of 1, 6 and 28 yards.

Baer, who doubles as a linebacker on defense, also had a big night on the other side of the ball with eight tackles, including a pair of sacks.

King figured into all of Stratford's scoring. To go along with the long touchdown pass to Ruiz, the Elks' quarterback had TD runs of 8 and 3 yards.

Shiner only threw three passes in the game, but the only completion of the night was a 36-yard scoring strike from Trey Curtis to Nick Evans.

Stratford suffered four turnovers. Dustin Pohler led the Comanches defense with 10 tackles, including three sacks, and also forced a fumble.

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