The Comanches were feeling generous last Friday against Industrial. They gave the ball away four times and ultimately gave the Cobras their season-opening win.
"We were pretty upset with the game overall," said Shiner head coach Steve Cerny. "We thought we had two really good scrimmages where our offense looked sharp, but we came out last Friday and made a lot of mistakes. We lined up wrong on a lot of different formations and had to use some timeouts when we didn’t want to. We were very pleased with our hustle and our intensity, but we just didn’t execute and do the little things right."
Cerny’s charges are going to have to protect the ball better in order to prevent Brazos Consolidated from picking its first win of the year. The Cougars lost last Friday to TAPPS Division II Houston Second Baptist 24-0.
"Our kids played hard," said Brazos head coach Barry Minter. "I’m not saying we would have won the game, but barring a few mistakes the outcome would have looked differently. We’re still young with a lot of sophomores and juniors playing on the varsity, and I was proud of their effort but not their execution."
Brazos had its own problems on offense last week. The Cougars only garnered 152 total yards and punted four times while being forced into two turnovers. Quarterback Kyle Kolafa completed 6 of his 13 passes but they only went for 27 yards and he accounted for both of Brazos’ giveaways with a fumble and an interception.
"Kyle has got to play better this week in order for us to win," Minter said. "Our bellcow on defense is linebacker Dale Dostal. He played an outstanding game last week and he’s going to have to do it again this week for us."
The Comanches did a good job moving the ball against Industrial, picking up 227 total yards of offense. Shiner had 213 of those yards come via the run with running back Evel Jones leading the way with 101 yards on 10 carries. Marlon Wallace and Jacob Stafford were also effective, with each averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
"Shiner is tough," said Minter. They’re a physical team and they’re fast, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us. We have to tackle well. Their backs are fast and very tough, but they’re not big so we have to tackle well. We can’t allow them to get yards after contact. We’re going to have to not break down on our assignments and play good assignment football."
Cerny said the focus for his team this week has not necessarily been on stopping Brazos, but on resolving their own internal issues.
"Right now fixing our mistakes are more important than anything," he said. "Industrial had a great football team, but it wasn’t so much what they were doing to us than it was us shooting ourselves in the foot."
"I talked to the Second Baptist coach and he said Brazos is much improved over last year. We couldn’t get a whole lot of game film on them, so we don’t have a really good gauge of them. But after last week, we’re definitely not going to overlook anybody because we didn’t play very well ourselves."
The game will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shiner’s Comanche Stadium.