SHINER -- Comanche head coach Steven Cerny knew his defense would give up some yards and a play or two to the Three Rivers Bulldogs.
Jacob Stafford follows a block by Evel Jones on Three Rivers's Charlie Johnston. photos by Mark Lube, Gonzales Cannon
"It took a while for our defense to get into the flow of things because you cannot really practice against this kind of offense with your scout team," he said. "We knew they would be very physical and we had some trouble with that."
As expected by Shiner’s long-time head coach, the Bulldogs busted through on a couple of plays and made a couple of touchdowns, but in the end they succumbed to the Shiner defensive effort and the Comanche’s running prowess Friday night at Comanche Stadium, 35-12 in favor of Shiner.
"We settled into it and then we gave up the big pass. That was a big breakdown right there. We bended a little bit but we made the stops when we needed to in the second half," Cerny said.
Jacob Stafford led all rushers with 102 yards on just 10 carries and three touchdowns. Evel Jones ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 79 yards and one score.
"We scored on three out of four possessions in the first half, taking care of business," Cerny said. "In the second half, I was upset with our first two series. We did not score there and we kept Three Rivers in the game. We came up with a big drive when we needed it in the end."
Wesley Guzeman is taken down by Evel Jones.
Three Rivers opened the game with a three-and-out and a short punt to give the Comanches a quick 37-yard drive in two plays. Jones took a toss for 15 yards to the 22 and Stafford took an option pitch and scored.
A bad snap on the point after forced Kris Patek to attempt a pass to fullback Caleb Curtis, which was successful for the 8-0 Shiner lead.
The Bulldogs then marched 75 yards in 12 plays. Fullback Tyler Bullard picked up 27 yards on an inside handoff to the Comanche 48 and running back Wesley Guzeman had a 16-yard rush on the toss play. Later, Three Rivers had a fourth- and-2 at the 13 and converted with a Guzeman sweep play. A few plays down the line, it was fourth-and-2, and the ‘Dogs did the same thing -- toss play to Guzman for the score. However, the two-point conversion to tie the game was not made.
The Comanches were held to three and out, but had a 62-yard punt with the cold, northerly wind at their back.
With their inside running game and toss plays to Guzeman, Three Rivers moved the ball past the 50 and later had a fourth-and-2 at the Shiner 46. Fullback Jesse Perez was allowed just one yard by the Shiner defense and the Comanches took over at their 45.
Flowers picked up 9 yards out of a shotgun read-option play and on the next play, squirted through the defense for a huge gain close to the goal line. The play was brought back to the 22 on a block-in-the-back flag on the Comanches. Jones had a 12-yard sweep to the 20 and Flowers kept on the option to the 7, where Jones scored to help give Shiner a 15-6 lead.
The ‘Dogs started at their 40 and needed just two plays to go the distance. Quarterback Hagan Johnston faked a handoff and tossed a pass to Guzman down the far sideline for a 59-yard pass.
On its next series, Shiner took to the air as well. On the second play, Flowers went to Jones for 15 to the Shiner 35 and Stafford followed with a short gain on the ground. Flowers threw incomplete and then threw a screen pass to Jones, who used his speed and a block by Stafford for a 64-yard scoring play to give Shiner a 22-12 advantage.
Trevion Flowers decides to use the fullback handoff option to Jacob Stafford.
Three Rivers lost a fumble with less than 20 seconds left in the first half, but Shiner could not take advantage.
The third quarter did not start out kindly for the Comanches as they fumbled the ball away near midfield. Shiner got it right back several plays later on a Flowers interception.
Stafford had a 14-yard run to the 46 of Three Rivers and then a 6-yard run that was negated due to a Shiner unsportsmanlike conduct call. Shiner eventually had to punt and managed a 14-yard kick as they had to punt into the wind.
The ‘Dogs used their small-sized running back committee to get the football inside the Shiner 30, but another lost fumble killed the chances of a score.
Jones ripped off a 34-yard run to the Three Rivers 43. Two plays later, Stafford had a 21-yard gain to the 20 and was awarded another 10 on a ‘Dog penalty. Two more plays later, Stafford had a 7-yard score.
Later, another turnover on downs gave Shiner a short 42-yard field to work with and Stafford capped a six-play drive with his third rushing score of the night.
The Comanches improve to 7-1 and 2-0, and will play at Ganado this week.
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GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 35, Three Rivers 12 TEAM STATISTICS: Three Rivers Shiner First downs 14 13 Rushes-yards 52-171 30-262 Passes 3-6-1 3-5-0 Passing yards 72 81 Punts-yards 1-28 2-76 Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1 Penalties-yards 3-30 6-56 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Three Rivers 6 6 0 0 -- 12 Shiner 8 14 0 13 -- 35 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Jacob Stafford 22 run (Caleb Curtis pass from Kris Patek) TR - Wesley Guzman 3 run (run failed) Second Quarter S - Evel Jones 7 run (Patek kick) TR - Guzman 59 pass from Hagan Johnston (pass failed) S - Jones 64 pass from Trevion Flowers (Patek kick) Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter S - Stafford 7 run (run failed) S - Stafford 7 run (Patek kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Three Rivers: Wesley Guzman 19-67, Tyler Bullard 9-51, Jesse Perez 14-33, Hagan Johnston 9-19, Chance Saenz 1-1. Shiner: Jacob Stafford 10-102, Evel Jones 9-86, Trevion Flowers 8-66, Caleb Curtis 2-9, Team 1-(-1). Passing Three Rivers: Johnston 3-6-1-72. Shiner: Flowers 3-5-0-81. Receiving Three Rivers: Guzman 1-59, Perez 1-12, Bullard 1-2. Shiner: Jones 2-64, Stafford 1-2.