SOMERSET - The Shiner Comanches buoyed a good offensive effort with a great defensive performance to pitch a 35-0 shutout against Brackettville Brackett and roll into the regional round of the Class 1A Division I playoffs.
Lucian Blaschke (12) and Derek Duke combine to bring down Brackett's Jonathan Quiroz in the first half of Shiner's 35-0 area round win Friday night in Somerset.. photos by Cedric Inglehart, Gonzales Cannon
Shiner (7-5) flew to the ball all night on defense and limited Brackett (5-7) to a meager total of negative four yards of offense. Conversely, Caleb Curtis ran for two touchdowns, Marlon Wallace rushed for another one and Jacob Stafford threw for two more scores to Evel Jones and Trevion Flowers.
"The defense played really well and we had some big plays on offense when we needed to," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny. "Overall, I think we’re playing pretty good ball right now."
The story of the game was the play of the Comanches’ front four, which was pressed into service without former all-district performer Sabino Rodriquez, who is nursing a bad shoulder. The front controlled the line of scrimmage all night with Zach Arnold and Marlon Greathouse filling holes in the middle, while Derek Duke and Nick Nevlud kept containment from the defensive end position.
"We preached all week that if we were going to win this game, we would have to dominate on the defensive line," Cerny said. "They definitely did that. They may not have made a lot of tackles, but they gave our linebackers free reign to run around and make plays."
"Shiner is known for our defense and we came in tonight with the intent of making Brackett go three and out every time," said Nevlud. "It wasn’t just about our defensive line, but our linebackers also did a heck of a job. I’m happy with the result."
After converting a first down on the third play of the opening drive, Brackett was forced to punt and Shiner began their first drive on their 49. The 10-play drive ended with an eight-yard scamper by Wallace and Lucian Blaschke’s extra point kick put Shiner up 7-0.
Brackett took possession at their 18 following a nice deep kickoff by Blaschke, but Nevlud broke their line for a sack on third down to force another punt. It only the Comanches four plays to score as Curtis broke a tackle at the line on first down from the Tiger 29, and danced into the end zone. Blaschke converted the kick and Shiner held an early 14-0 lead with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Comanches didn’t tally another point until late in the second quarter. The drive began on their 25 and seemed to be in jeopardy after a fumble by Curtis led to a 15 yard loss and loss of possession. But a third down sack by Nevlud left Brackett facing fourth and 19, and quarterback Jonathan Quiroz was dropped for a big loss by Duke to give Shiner the ball at their 38.
Two plays later, Stafford stood tall in the face of pressure and delivered a strike to Jones for a 40-yard scoring play. Blaschke’s kick gave Shiner a 21-0 lead with four seconds left to play.
The kick was mishandled by Brackett’s Saul Talamantes, who fumbled at the Tiger 26 where it was recovered by Nevlud. With two ticks left on the clock, Blaschke was called upon to kick a 43-yard field goal, but it just missed wide left.
The Comanches opened the second half with a deliberate 10-play march, which culminated in a six-yard pitch to Wallace for a touchdown. Blaschke tacked on the extra point to give Shiner a 28-0 lead with 8:05 left in the third stanza.
"Playing in this offense is a pleasure," said Wallace. "We’ve grown up together our whole lives. We’re a family, so there’s no jealousy among the running backs. Anytime somebody scores, we feel like we’ve all scored. There’s no competition or rivalry on this team."
A four-play drive for the Comanches ended with a 38-yard bubble screen to Flowers. The extra point kick accounted for the final score.
NOTES: Shiner awarded an autographed game ball to Bro. Kenneth Hibbs of Shiner Baptist Church, who recently announced he is leaving the Shiner church for a similar post in Diboll.
"He’s dedicated himself to our athletic program over the years and he’s always been there for us for prayer or whatever we needed," Cerny said. "He said he’s still going to be following us every Friday in the playoffs until we’re finished and that’s a good thing."
statistics source: http://www.gonzalescannon.com/node/7377
TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Brackett First downs 11 2 Rushes-yds 47-236 35-(-4) Passing yds 119 0 Passes 4-6-0 0-2-0 Punts-yds 3-103 9-297 Penalties-yds 9-99 1-15 Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-1 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 14 7 14 0 -- 35 Brackett 0 0 0 0 -- 0 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Marlon Wallace 8 run (Lucian Blaschke kick), 3:37 S - Caleb Curtis 29 run (Blaschke kick), 0:14 Second Quarter S - Evel Jones 40 pass from Jacob Stafford (Blaschke kick), 0:04 Third Quarter S - Wallace 6 run (Blaschke kick), 8:05 S - Trevion Flowers 38 pass from Stafford (Blaschke kick), 3:33 Fourth Quarter No score. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Caleb Curtis 10-62, Marlon Wallace 10-28, Evel Jones 8-82, Zach Lawrence 5-43, Jacob Stafford 5-15, Nick Nevlud 3-19, Marcus Coleman 2-2, Trevion Flowers 2-(-4), Marlon Greathouse 1-3, Jaace Chumchal 1-(-14). Brackett: David Ortega 10-7, Jonathan Quiroz 8-(-30), Charlie Resendez 7-22, EZ Rivas 4-2, Jonathan Pinales 3-1, Colten Stephenson 3-(-6). Passing Shiner: Jacob Stafford 4-6-119. Brackett: Jonathan Quiroz 0-2-0. Receiving Shiner: Evel Jones 3-81, Trevion Flowers 1-38. Brackett: none. Missed Field Goals Shiner: Lucian Blaschke 43. Brackett: none.