SHINER -- After a lackluster outing in their season opener, the Shiner Comanches showed why the pigskin prognosticators thought so highly of them in the preseason.
Shiner made short work of Wallis Brazos, scoring five times in the first half en route to a 53-10 victory.
"We came out tonight as a totally different team," said Shiner head coach Steve Cerny. "We could have played a lot better last week, but that’s gone. We eliminated the mistakes from last week and that was a plus."
Jacob Stafford was seemingly everywhere at once as he ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns, threw for one other score and returned an interception for a total of five touchdowns. The Comanches racked up nearly 400 yards rushing with Evel Jones and Marlon Wallace combining for 185 yards and two scoring runs.
"They (Brazos) threw us a different look defensively than we expected," said Cerny. "It was set up good for our double tight end set, so we stayed with it and it worked."
Shiner’s scoring blitzkrieg in the first half apparently shocked the 2A Cougars, who fell to 0-2 on the season.
"Our kids didn’t respond," said Brazos head coach Barry Minter. "Shiner came out to play, they punched us in the mouth and we just took it. We’ve got to learn to step up and play football. When we do our job, we play pretty well. When we don’t, this is what you get."
The Shiner defense played well for most of the night and harassed Brazos quarterback Kyle Kolafa into a 9-for-29 passing performance. The Cougars didn’t reach Comanche territory until late in the second half and only posted 212 total yards.
Shiner lit up the scoreboard early and often, scoring on the game’s fifth play when Stafford intercepted Kolafa and returned it 34 yards to the end zone. Lucian Blaschke added the extra point kick.
The Comanches hit paydirt again on their first offensive possession, a four-play drive capped by a Stafford three-yard inside run. Blaschke’s kick was good and Shiner led 14-0 midway through the opening quarter.
Jones put the finishing touches on a six-play scoring drive early in the second frame when he hauled in a five-yard pass from Stafford. Blaschke’s kick rang true and the Comanches led 21-0.
The defense forced Brazos into a three and out and on the first play of the ensuing possession Wallace exploited a big hole and raced 54 yards for the touchdown. Blaschke came on and tacked on the extra point kick.
The Comanches held the Cougars to another three and out, but this time their punt was blocked by Caleb Curtis and Nick Nevlud to set up Shiner with first and goal at the Brazos 7. On second and goal Stafford found the end zone from four yards out, but the point after kick failed.
Brazos answered with a 14-play scoring drive that culminated in a 37-yard field goal by Hector Lopez with 1:17 left before halftime.
The Comanches made the most of their remaining time and on third and one from the Brazos 47, Jones went off right tackle, ran over a defender at the 10 and went on for the score. Blaschke kicked the extra point through Shiner took a commanding 41-3 lead into the intermission.
After a scoreless third stanza, Shiner posted points on the first play of the fourth quarter. Stafford went 29 yards on a quarterback keeper, but the extra point kick failed and Shiner led 47-3.
The defense forced yet another three and out and on the second play of the ensuing drive, Stafford kept the ball on an option and weaved his way 50 yards to another score.
Brazos finally managed to garner a touchdown when Kolafa found the end zone from 29 yards out with 7:10 left to play. Lopez kicked the extra point to account for the game’s final score.
GAME STATISTICS:Shiner Brazos First downs 13 7 Rushes-yds 33-397 26-101 Passing yds 23 111 Passes 3-6-0 9-29-1 Punts-avg 1-41 5-36 Penalties-yds 7-80 7-70 Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Brazos 0 3 0 7 -- 10 Shiner 14 27 0 12 -- 53 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Jacob Stafford 34 interception return (Lucian Blaschke kick), 10:00 S - Stafford 3 run (Blaschke kick), 6:33 Second Quarter S - Evel Jones 5 pass from Stafford (Blaschke kick), 11:19 S - Marlon Wallace 54 run (Blaschke kick), 9:24 S - Stafford 4 run (kick failed), 7:06 B - Hector Lopez 37 field goal, 1:17 S - Jones 47 run (Blaschke kick), 0:04 Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter S - Stafford 29 run (kick failed), 11:50 S - Stafford 50 run (kick failed), 9:48 B - Kyle Kolafa 29 run (Lopez kick), 7:10 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Brazos: Kyle Kolafa 16-66, Charles Edwards 9-33, Hector Lopez 1-2. Shiner: Jacob Stafford 9-123, Evel Jones 10-104, Marlon Wallace 4-81, Zach Lawrence 3-44, Caleb Curtis 2-28, Marlon Greathouse 2-11, Brady Cejka 3-6. Passing Brazos: Kyle Kolafa 9-29-111. Shiner: Jacob Stafford 3-6-23 Receiving Brazos: Charles Edwards 3-41, Cade Davis 2-32, Jay Riley 2-23, Hector Lopez 2-15. Shiner: Evel Jones 2-14, Leo Baray 1-9.