HALLETTSVILLE — In Friday's home opener against Shiner, the Hallettsville Brahmas made no special adjustments or changes.
They just played their game.
To near perfection.
Hallettsville (2-0) blanked the No. 6 1A Shiner Comanches 39-0 as quarterback Nate Kowalik threw two touchdown passes to Jimario Grounds and Trenton McGee while backs Tim Sheppard and Kaden Hardt had one rushing touchdown each. Dalton Herrington ran punts of 80 and 63 yards back for touchdowns.
"We have a lot of respect for Shiner and know they are well-coached. We know we have to be on the top of our game to play and win against people like Shiner," Hallettsville coach Tommy Psencik said. "We were able to make a few plays. Nothing special. We just carried out a game plan.
He credited the success of the offensive and defensive lines in helping Hallettsville to victory.
"We had questions going into the season about our lines," Psencik said. "We refer to our offensive line as ‘heroes' because we depend on them that much. "
Shiner, which ran for 364 yards Aug. 30 against Industrial, was held by the Brahmas to just 140 yards on the ground.
"Going into this game, we knew Hallettsville was very good," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "We would have to play perfect to have a chance to win."
Shiner had two high snaps on punts which led to decent field position for Hallettsville and had trouble getting anything done on offense.
"We just did not execute early on," Cerny said. "Once the Brahmas jump on you 14-0, the momentum goes their way and they are going to start teeing off on you. We are not a throwing team. We can line up and try but it would not have fixed anything."
He said what concerns him is Shiner being able to work on and improve on minor things.
The Brahmas took the opening kickoff and drove past the 50 but a couple of incomplete passes by Kowalik forced Hallettsville to punt. They were able to pin Shiner at their 5. Shiner got as far as the 19 but had to punt as well and Hallettsville had a short field to drive, starting at the plus-38.
Two plays later, a pass by Kowalik in the flat to Jimario Grounds and a block by Herrington sent Grounds to the end zone and the 7-0 lead.
On the next drive, Shiner went three plays and out. Punter Hunter Mraz had to deal with a bad snap and just threw the ball out of bounds. The officials flagged Shiner for intentional grounding and Hallettsville got the ball at the Shiner 6.
The Comanche defense stepped up and made a play as Brian Kloesel picked off Kowalik and got the ball out the 30.
A few plays later, Hallettsville recovered a Tyler Patek fumble and three plays later, Kowalik hooked up with Trenton McGee for a 19-yard score and a 14-0 Brahma Lead.
On the next drive, Shiner got a nice 15-yard counter from Marcus Coleman but the drive eventually stalled and Mraz had another bad snap. The Comanches were fortunate as Hallettsville was called for a running into the kicker foul, giving Shiner a first down.
The Comanches got all the way to the Brahma 32 but on fourth down, Jacob Stafford was stopped shy of the marker and Hallettsville took over.
Kowalik handed off to Tim Sheppard who raced up the sideline for a 68-yard score and it was 20-0 Brahmas.
On the next possession, Shiner got a first down on a rare pass — Patek to Blake Michalec for 13 yards to the Shiner 41. Five plays later, Shiner had regressed back to the 35 and had to punt.
Herrington fielded the ball at the 20, found some space behind some blocks and was gone for a 26-0 lead.
Hallettsville went up 32-0 before halftime as they got another Shiner punt at the 36 and drove 63 yards in six plays. McGee hauled in a 42-yard pass from Kowalik to the Shiner 7 and two plays later, Hart scored from the 3.
In the third box, the teams traded a couple of turnovers and punts before Herrington ran his second punt back (63 yards) for a 39-0 lead with no time left in the quarter.
In the last half of the fourth quarter, Shiner had a very promising drive from its 36 to inside the red zone. Chad Neubauer and Coleman had some productive runs but the game ended as Shiner was at the Brahma 15, with Michalec taking the last two snaps at quarterback.
GAME SUMMARY: Hallettsville 39, Shiner 0 Non-District SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Hallettsville 14 18 7 0 -- 39 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter H - Jimario Grounds 38 pass from Nate Kowalik (Kowalik kick) H - Trenton McGee 19 pass from Kowalik (Kowalik kick) Second Quarter H - Tim Sheppard 68 run (kick blocked) H - Dalton Herrington 80 punt return (kick failed) H - Kaden Hardt 3 run (kick failed) Third Quarter H - Herrington 63 punt return (Kowalik kick) Fourth Quarter no score TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Hallettsville First downs 9 11 Rushes-yards 48-140 18-90 Passing yards 22 187 Passes 2-9-1 13-20-1 Penalties-yards 5-51 4-35 Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0 Punts-average 6-39.0 3-18.3 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Marcus Coleman 13-49 , Chad Neubauer 6-42, Tyler Patek 16-31, Jacob Stafford 11-18, Blake Michalec 2-0. Hallettsville: Tim Sheppard 1-68, Kaden Hart 6-13 , Brent Motal 8-8, Dalton Herrington 1-3, Nate Kowalik 1-1, Landon McAfee 1-(-3). Passing Shiner: Patek 2-8-1-22, Stafford 0-1-0-0. Hallettsville: Kowalik 11-18-1-173, Motal 2-2-0-14. Receiving Shiner: Michalec 1-13, Caleb Kalich 1-9. Hallettsville: Trenton McGee 4-84, Jimario Grounds 4-68, McAfee 2-14, Sheppard 2-11, Herrington 1-7, Motal 1-1.