SHINER -- You can take that copy of Shiner's 2013 football schedule and draw a line through the matchup with Thrall in Week 3.
Shiner's Caleb Murrile (28) picks up yardage on a kick return as Thrall's Lane Hobbs (7) tries to trip him up all photos by Dave Mundy of The Gonzales Cannon
The Comanche linemen dominated both sides of the ball Friday, holding Thrall's Tigers to negative yardage while opening gaping holes for more than 400 yards of offense en route to a 45-0 romp in Shiner's Homecoming matchup.
"We just dominated the line of scrimmage tonight," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny, whose club squared its season record at 2-2 with the win. "The D-line was very dominant."
The Comanches held Thrall to negative-31 rushing yards and a total of one passing yard. The Tigers' lone first down came on a roughing-the-kicker call to start the second half; Thrall was forced to punt 10 times.
The Shiner offense, meanwhile, picked up steam after a slow start and churned out 378 yards on the ground while only putting the ball on the ground once.
"I keep saying, that's going to be our secret, the offensive line," Cerny said. "Our timing was messed up last week against Schulenburg, and it took us a couple of series to get it tonight. I think the biggest thingyou can say is we got it done with no injuries, any time you can say that, you're happy."
The teams started the game by exchanging punts, but the Comanches struck on their second series following a short punt and an illegal-block call. Quarterback Jacob Stafford kept the ball on a simple quarterback sneak -- and followed a wall of beef into the Tiger secondary before scampering free and racing 44 yards to score.
Shiner had a second chance to capitalize in the opening period following an interception by Blake Michalec, but fumbled the ball away inside the Thrall 5-yard line. The Comanche defense, however, wasn't in a mood to give any quarter and forced another three-and-out deep in Tiger territory, and the Comanches set up again at the Thrall 38 to open the second period.
Marcus Coleman (1) looks for a seam
Six plays later, Stafford again burst free on a simple keeper up the middle, covering 13 yards to make it a 12-0 contest.
The Tigers punted three more times in the second period, and the Comanches followed each kick with a score.
Sophomore running back Chad Neubauer, who finished as the game's leading rusher with 113 yards on 14 carries, skirted left end for the first TD on a 6-yard run. On Shiner's next possession, Stafford launched a 51-yard bomb and Neubauer made an over- the-shoulder catch to cap a one-play drive and make it 25-0.
The Comanches finished up the half by marching 59 yards in nine plays, with Stafford again finding the end zone from two yards out for a 31-0 halftime lead.
The roughing-the-kicker call gave Thrall its only extra set of downs of the night to start the second half, but the Comanches again forced a punt. Shiner then drove 57 yards in eight plays, with Neubauer scooting outside on a counter play and scoring untouched from 17 yards away.
The Comanches picked up their final points midway through the fourth period, as the reserves marched 54 yards in eight plays, capped by a 4-yard scoring run by Rigo Baray.
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Shiner's Brian Kloesel (49) and Dillon Kalina (77) drop Thrall quarterback Aaron Salazar for a loss
Shiner's Jacob Stafford (9) sails into the end zone with his team's first score on a 44-yard run
Chad Neubauer (33) finds a gaping hole in the line
A gang of Thrall tacklers brings Chad Neubauer to a halt
Tyler Patek (2) puts the stop on Thrall's Lane Hobbs (7) for a loss
Neubauer cruises in with a 6-yard scoring run
Coleman bursts through the line
Coleman provides lead blocking for Neubauer
Coleman finds himself in wide open spaces en route to a 40-yard pickup
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GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 45, Thrall 0 Class 1A Division I non-district game Shiner Comanche Stadium TEAM STATISTICS: Thrall Shiner First Downs 1 18 Rushes-Yards 22(-31) 49-378 Passing Yards 1 61 Passes 3-14-1 2-7-0 Punts 10-36.9 3-33.3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 5-58 6-55 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Thrall 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 6 25 7 7 -- 45 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter SHINER - Jacob Stafford 44 run (kick failed) Second Quarter SHINER - Stafford 13 run (pass failed) SHINER - Chad Neubauer 6 run (Rigo Baray kick) SHINER - Neubauer 51 pass from Stafford (kick failed) SHINER - Stafford 2 run (kick failed) Third Quarter SHINER - Neubauer 17 run (Hunter Mraz kick) Fourth Quarter SHINER - Baray 4 run (Mraz kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Thrall, Alex Kyner 11-(-16), Brandon Valadez 4-(-9), Aaron Salazar 6-(-9), Gabriel Gomez 1-1, Joel Salazar 1-2. Shiner, Chad Neuubauer 14-113, Marcus Coleman 14-99, Jacob Stafford 8-88, Tyler Patek 4-40, Ethan Zissa 1-10, Rigo Baray 4-24, Joey Overton 2-4, Brian Kloesel 1-1, Blake Michalec 1-(-1). Passing Thrall, Aaron Salazar 3-14-1-1. Shiner, Jacob Stafford 2-6-0-61, Tyler Patek 0-1-0. Receiving Thrall, Lane Hobbs 2-3, Alex Kyner 1-(-2). Shiner, Chad Neubauer 1-51, Tyler Patek 1-10.