SHINER — When a turnover and bad snap on a punt put Shiner in danger of conceding some early and easy scores, the defense stepped up and bailed the team out.
Tyler Patek off to the races on this 67-yard, first-quarter touchdown run. photos by Mark Lube, Gonzales Cannon
The Comanches (1-0) ran through, around and over the Industrial Cobras, and the defense forced a couple of turnovers as Shiner got 2013 started the right way with a 34-0 win Friday night at Comanche Stadium.
"Those are things we kind of expected to happen in early season ball games," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "We had some players out there (in a varsity game) for the first time. We settled down and the big thing is our defense really stepped up and got the ball back to us."
The Comanches fumbled away the football on the second play of the game’s opening drive.
Industrial running back Trenton Thedford picked up 13 yards to the Comanche 24. A few plays later, Shiner recovered a fumble at their 22. On a third-and-6 play, quarterback Tyler Patek gained 7 yards on a keeper to the 33 and then simply pushed forward on a surge and raced through the defense for a 67-yard touchdown score, giving Shiner a 7-0 lead.
Industrial went on a time-consuming drive of 75 yards in nearly seven minutes that turned out to be fruitless. A 19-yard run in the latter stages by fullback Evan Gregg set up Industrial at the 5. Gregg took a toss down to the 3. Thedford took a handoff and got to the 1.
Quarterback Jay Rubio was stopped for no gain and Industrial went for on fourth down and did not make it as the Shiner defense stuck together and stuffed him.
Jacob Stafford breaks through the line for a nice gain.
Shiner drove to just a little past their 36 and stalled despite two offside calls on the Cobras. A bad snap on the punt led to the Cobras get another great scoring chance as they had the ball at the Shiner 11.
Two plays went nowhere and on the third one, Rubio was picked off by Ernie Egan.
"I thought our defense stepping up was the turning point in the game," Cerny said. "That bad snap could have been a disaster and given Industrial some momentum but once again defense stepped up."
Shiner capped the quick, two-play 75-yard drive as Marcus Coleman took a toss, went outside and was off to the races for a 76-yard run to give the Comanches a 14-0 lead with 5:54 to play in the second quarter.
Cerny said the offense executed very well overall.
"We faced a lot of third and long, and all of sudden, we got the big play to give us a first down," he said.
Industrial punted on their next drive and Shiner had 3:21 and 78 yards to score. They got down to the 18 of Industrial, helped by a 14-yard run by Coleman, a facemask call on the same play and a 22-yard run by Jacob Stafford. With just a few seconds left, Shiner missed a 35-yard field goal by Rigo Baray to end the half.
Comanche defenders bring down an Industrial runner.
To open the third box, the Shiner defense held Gregg to a 3-yard run and then sacked Rubio twice. The Cobras had a 17-yard punt into the wind to give Shiner the ball at the 37.
Stafford took a handoff, seemed to disappear into a pile, stumbled, kept his balance and finished off a 37-yard touchdown run to give Shiner a 21-0 lead with 9:31 to go in the third.
The teams exchanged a series of punts until the Comanches had a short field to run after a 22-yard punt by Industrial.
At the Cobra 30, Stafford had a run of 5 yards and then an 8-yard rush to the 17. Patek repeated his feat from earlier and scored on a 17-yard sneak. Industrial blocked the point after for a 27-0 Shiner advantage.
The Cobras had their next drive start at their 27. Rubio had a couple of good passes — 13 yards to Gregg to the 42, 9 yards to Cade Peterek and a pass to Gregg for 15, eventually bringing the Cobras to the Shiner 30. Tyler Conrad hauled in a fourth-down catch for 5 yards but was 4 yards shy of the marker.
The Comanches then put the icing on the cake with a 14-play, 75-yard drive in just under six minutes, capping the drive with a 4-yard run by Coleman and a 34-0 advantage.
GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 34, Industrial 0 Non-District SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Industrial 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 7 7 13 7 -- 34 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Tyler Patek 67 run (Rigo Baray kick) Second Quarter S - Marcus Coleman 76 run (Baray kick) Third Quarter S - Jacob Stafford 37 run (Baray kick) S - Patek 17 run (kick blocked Fourth Quarter S - Coleman 4 run (Hunter Mraz kick) TEAM STATISTICS: Team stats Industrial Shiner First Downs 10 18 Rushes-yards 31-56 47-364 Passing yards 109 0 Passes 11-19-1 0-2-0 Penalties-yards 5-45 2-10 Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1 Punts-average 4-27 1-49 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Industrial: Evan Gregg 5-25, Trenton Thedford 8-24, Trevor Russman 3-6, Jay Rubio 15-1. Shiner: Marcus Coleman 12-140, Jacob Stafford 13-132, Tyler Patek 14-101, Chad Neubauer 4-9, Joey Overton 1-5, Blake Michalec 1-1, team 2-(-24). Passing Industrial: Rubio 11-19-1-109. Shiner: Stafford 0-1-0-0, Patek 0-1-0-0. Receiving Industrial: Cade Peterek 3-36, Gregg 3-35, Thedford 2-20, Rhett Musserr 2-13, Tyler Conard 1-5.