The fifth-ranked Shiner Comanches are expecting one heck of a physical battle as they host 2A Industrial Cobras Friday at Comanche Stadium.
"Industrial is going to be big and strong," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "They are not exceptionally fast and we match up to them in the speed department."
Industrial's line is where they are physical the most. Cerny said the Comanches' lines are going to have be just as physical to win the battle.
"Last year, we were able to beat them with our speed," he said. "But it will be more equal this time around."
On offense, Industrial lines up in the shotgun and pistol formations, and will use tight ends.
"Their quarterback is the key and we have to keep him in check," Cerny said.
Quarterback Jay Rubio passed for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns last year with wide receiver Trenton Thedford his main returning target. Running back Rhett Musser will contribute to the ground game.
The Shiner offensive line will need to make a stand and keep Industrial's defense away from the Shiner backfield. Key defensive players for the Cobras are end Evan Gregg (79 tackles, seven sacks), end Mason Davis (57 tackles), tackle Dustin Hemphel (84 tackles, four sacks), linebacker Brady Karl and linebacker Jack Perry.
Cerny said he wants the Comanches to make improvements in getting the timing of their veer offense correct.
"If we can get solid execution on our veer, we will be able to move the football effectively against Industrial," Cerny said.