GEORGETOWN -- Shiner football coach Steven Cerny hopes adversity in football games will prepare his players for adversity in real life and how to deal with it.
Shiner (8-6) got football and life lessons Friday night at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown in the Class 1A Division 1 state quarterfinals, falling to Mason 55-7 after turning the ball over nine times.
"This is just a game and real life is what you have to deal with," Cerny said. "I told them, things are going to go bad in real life, just like in football games. It is how you deal with it and how you fight back."
"Nobody likes to end like this but our guys fought hard and practiced hard this week. I could not ask for a better bunch."
Mason scored on three of their first five possessions and led 34-7 at halftime.
"We just got off to a bad start tonight," Cerny said. "Fumbles, penalties. We dug ourselves a hole right way and that sucked out all of our momentum."
The Punchers scored 38 points off of the Shiner turnovers.
Mason went three and out on their opening drive, but Shiner lost the ball on just its second play to give the Punchers a first down at the 38. Running back David Mora carried four straight times for 21 yards. After an incomplete pass by quarterback Austin Trip, Mora picked up two to the 15 and Trip scored after keeping the ball on an option zone read play for a 7-0 Mason lead.
Comanche quarterback Jacob Stafford found Leo Baray for a 12-yard gain to the Shiner 34. The Comanches turned the ball over on the next play at their own 45.
Mason took six plays to drive the 45 yards, overcoming a 5-yard false-start penalty. Trip went to his tight end Kramer Watson for a 28-yard gain to the 18. A modest Mora gain complemented by a Shiner facemask, moved the ball to the 7 to set up first and goal. Two plays later, it was Mora from the 3 and Mason now led 14-0.
Stafford was picked off by Chance Stockbridge on the next drive. Mason stalled out near midfield and punted, pinning the Comanches deep.
Stafford was intercepted on the play’s third drive by Trip, who returned the ball from the 20 down to the 4. Mora scored from the 3 two plays later and the Punchers were ahead 21-0.
On the next drive, Shiner again coughed up the ball and Mason had it at the 21. Stockbridge gained 18 yards on a reverse on the second play and Mora scored from the 2 on the fifth play for a 28-0 advantage.
Shiner returned the kickoff to its 37 and on third down, fumbled the ball but managed to recover for a first down at the 47. Trevion Flowers then scooted 42 yards on a reverse to the Puncher 11, followed by Marlon Wallace taking a toss play for six yards to the 5. Stafford gained a couple to the 3, Evel Jones finished things up with a 3-yard touchdown run and Lucian Blaschke’s extra point was good, bringing the Comanches within 28-7.
Mason then put together a sustained drive, using Mora on the ground for the most part although Trip did have an 18-yard completion to Rio Schmidt. Later, a false start penalty backed Mason up , after they had gotten the down to the 3. The Punchers ended up settling for a Schmidt field goal of 30 yards.
Mason had another chance to score a touchdown as the Comanches had another turnover with 12 seconds left. Trip threw incomplete and Schmidt trotted on for a 32-yard kick as time expired in the first half.
Mason forced Shiner into three and out on the third period’s first drive. The Punchers then drove 58 yards in 11 plays as Mora handled the running with Schmidt picking up a couple of carries. Mora scored from the 4 and Mason went ahead 41-7.
The next Comanche possession looked like it could have some promise as Jones converted a third down with a 10-yard run, but a holding call took the wind out of Shiner’s sails. The Comanches then had to deal with a 12-yard punt to their 32.
The Punchers then drove the short field in four plays with backup running back Raul Silguero gaining 18 yards on a counter and Trip scoring from the 1.
Mason recovered another turnover deep inside Shiner territory at the 14, but needed seven plays to march down for the game’s final score, a 1-yard run by reserve quarterback Elliot Bibb.
The Comanches started at their 13 and drove inside the Mason 10 as Caleb Curtis produced some yards and Stafford hit Baray for a 25-yard gain from near the 50 to the Mason 28. The Comanches fumbled again, losing the ball close to the Mason goal line.
The Punchers drove to the Shiner 43, but ended up punting into the end zone. Shiner had a good run to midfield but lost the handle on the ball again and Mason recovered, running out the final 14 seconds of the contest.
The Comanches went 2-4 in non-district but rallied for a 3-1 mark in district to make the playoffs.
"I am proud of this team," he said. "We started off struggling then we really picked things up."
Shiner will lose around 11 seniors.
"They came to work early and stayed late almost every day," Cerny said. "They practiced hard and displayed great leadership."
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TEAM STATISTICS: Mason Shiner First downs 19 9 Rushes-yards 56-286 28-171 Passing 2-9-0 4-11-2 Passing yards 46 31 Punts-yards 3-128 2-34 Fumbles-lost 2-0 8-7 Penalties-yards 8-50 5-52 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Mason 14 20 14 7 -- 55 Shiner 0 7 0 0 -- 7 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter M - Austin Trip 15 run (Rio Schmidt kick) M - David Mora 3 run (Schmidt kick) Second Quarter M - Mora 3 run (Schmidt kick) M - Mora 2 run (Schmidt kick) S - Evel Jones 3 run (Lucian Blashke kick) M - Schmidt 30 FG M - Schmidt 32 FG Third Quarter M - Mora 4 run (Schmidt kick) M - Trip 1 run (Schmidt kick) Fourth Quarter M - Elliot Bibb 1 run (Schmidt kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Mason: David Mora 28-120, Raul Silguero 7-66, Austin Trip 6-40, Rio Schmidt 6-39, Chance Stockbridge 1-18, No. 27 2-6, Forrest Lingle 2-4, Elliot Bibb 4-(-7). Shiner: Caleb Curtis 9-61, Evel Jones 4-42, Trevion Flowers 1-42, Jacob Stafford 9-15, Marlon Wallace 5-11. Passing Mason: Trip 2-9-0-46. Shiner: Stafford 4-11-2-31. Receiving Mason: Kramer Watson 1-28, Schimdt 1-18. Shiner: Leo Baray 2-27, Jones 1-2, Wallace 1-2.