SHINER -- Itís been said that football is a game of attrition.
Anyone who doubts that axiom needed to look no further than Shinerís game against Schulenburg on Friday, which the Comanches won 27-24.
Shiner (2-1) used their signature rushing attack to grate on the Shorthorns and pushed them to the point of fatigue by the fourth quarter. The Comanches ran the ball 41 times for 339 yards, led by Evel Jonesí 11 carry, 152-yard performance.
"I thought our conditioning really paid off this week," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny. "We knew they had some key guys going both ways on the line and thatís where we had guys going one way, so we just wanted to try to wear them down."
The physical grinding Shiner imposed on Schulenburg was not lost their head coach Tommy Bludau.
"They just pound on you for the whole game and we just got tired," he said of the Comanchesí game approach. "Weíve got a lot of people going both ways and we just got fatigued. I thought our kids fought through it and did the best they could."
The Shorthorns (2-1) struck first when Ross Bludau found Jeffrey Lara streaking down the left sideline on the gameís third play and hit him with a strike. The play went for 76 yards and a score. Alex Lara kicked the extra point and Schulenburg led 7-0.
The Comanches went three and out, but were able to force the Shorthorns into a punt and took over at their own 10 yard-line. Shiner had to overcome a 15-yard penalty before Flowers scampered in from 23 yards out. Rigo Baray kicked in the extra point to tie the score at 7-7.
Schulenburg allowed a nine-play drive to be restored and the drive culminated with a 38- yard field goal. The Comanches responded by launching a drive of their own, with Jyron McKenzie and Jeffrey Lara doing most of the heavy lifting.
Shiner was trailing 13-10 late in the second quarter when Flowers picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve the lead.
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TEAM STATISTICS: Schulenburg Shiner First downs 17 19 Rushes-yds 22-68 41-339 Passing 14-31-1 1-2-0 Passing yds 272 9 Punts-avg 2-57 1-36 Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-yds 4-35 5-65 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Schulenburg 7 3 14 0 -- 24 Shiner 7 6 7 7 -- 27 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter SCH - Jeffrey Lara 76 pass from Ross Bludau (Alex Lara kick), 9:42, 1st SHI - Trevion Flowers 23 run (Rigo Baray kick), 2:52, 1st Second Quarter SCH - Alex Lara 38 field goal, 9:53, 2nd SHI - Flowers 2 run (kick failed), 5:05, 2nd Third Quarter SCH - Gerardo Montoya 2 run (Alex Lara kick), 6:29, 3rd SHI - Evel Jones 38 run (Rigo Baray kick), 2:15, 3rd SCH - Jeffrey Lara 52 pass from Bludau (Alex Lara kick), 0:41, 3rd Fourth Quarter SHI - Jacob Stafford 2 run (Rigo Baray kick), 2:53, 4th INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Schulenburg: Jyron McKenzie 5-19, Ross Bludau 9-25, Jeffery Lara 1-0, Gerardo Montoya 7-24. Shiner: Evel Jones 11-152, Jacob Stafford 5-34, Trevion Flowers 15-93, Caleb Curtis 10-60. Passing Schulenburg: Bludau 14-31-272. Shiner: Curtis 1-1-9, Stafford 0-1-0. Receiving Schulenburg: Jeffrey Lara 8-198, Devondre Lewis-Hall 3-37, McKenzie 2-20, Besetzny 1-11. Shiner: Jones 1-9.