The Shiner Comanches put on a convincing display Friday night against Victoria St. Joseph, winning with a dominant running game and relentless defense. They wasted no time getting ahead, returning the opening kick to the 47 and getting to the red zone on a long run up the middle by Chad Neubauer. He scored a few plays later on an 8-yard run, but Shiner missed the extra point attempt, putting them up 6-0 with 9:31 to play in the first.
Tyler Patek gets past a defender as Dillon Kalina looks for another Flyer player to block. photo by Stewart Frazier
St. Joseph couldn’t match the Comanches’ intensity, as they muffed the ensuing kickoff. They were lucky enough to recover it, but were sacked on their first play. Shiner continued to stop the Flyers at every turn and after forcing a punt their offense got back to work.
Leaning heavily on their successful run game, the Comanches found themselves near the red zone in only a few plays. After wearing down the Flyers’ defense, Shiner scored again when Tyler Patek broke loose for a 24-yard touchdown run. The Comanches tried for a two- point conversion but came up short, leaving the score at 12-0 with 8:41 remaining in the first quarter.
Shiners’ defense picked up where it left off, forcing St. Joseph into a thre and out.
Neubauer came up with a big sack on third and long, and after a Flyers punt, the Comanches gained a large chunk of yardage on first down with a long completion to Justin Stovall. Neubauer added another TD to the stat sheet with a 6- yard run, but St. Joseph blocked the ensuing extra point attempt, leaving the score at 18-0 with 2:53 left in the first quarter.
The skies opened up shortly afterwards. The Flyers struggled to move the ball in the midst of the downpour, but the Comanches were unfazed as they scored again with 11:10 remaining in the half to go up 24-0.
As the rain let up, St. Joseph began to turn it around as they managed to put together a successful drive down to the 25. The Comanche defense refused to break, forcing a turnover on downs as the Flyers missed a field- goal attempt. Patek scored again on an impressive 75-yard run on the next play, and Shiner ran in a two-point conversion to go up 32-0 with 5:06 to play in the second. The score remained that way until halftime.
The pace of the game slowed significantly during the third quarter, as each team’s defenses made stops and their offenses struggled to move the ball down the rain-soaked field. Shiner broke the scoreless streak after their defense forced a turnover on downs and their offense picked up on the momentum. They methodically drove down the field and completed at 21-yard touchdown pass to Stovall. After a successful extra point kick, the Comanches found themselves up 39-0 with 4:29 remaining in the game.
St. Josephs’ woes continued as they muffed the ensuing kickoff and Shiner recovered on the 16. The second-string offense took over for the Comanches and they took advantage of the short field as Charles Haynes scored on a 9- yard run after a few plays. This would be the final score of the game, and after a successful extra point kick, Shiner held a 46-0 advantage.
After the game, Comanches coach Steven Cerny said he proud of the effort his team displayed from the start. “Our defense showed up tonight; it was impressive. We executed well on both sides of the ball in the first half; there weren’t many adjustments to make at halftime.” When asked about the offensive lull during the third, he said, “We wanted to try some of our spread stuff, but that didn’t work well for us.” That’s to be expected, as wet conditions can make throwing the ball difficult. Finally, Cerny said he was very pleased with how his backups performed. “They’re all younger guys, which is great. It gives us something to look forward to.”
The Comanches travel to Goliad to face the Tigers next week, and St. Joseph hosts the Wildcats of Weimer.
GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 34, Goliad 29 Non-District SCORING SUMMARY: Shiner 6 8 0 20 -- 34 Goliad 14 8 7 0 -- 29 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter G-Joseph Burns 18 pass from Nate Kowalik (conversion run) 8:59 1Q S-Blake Michalec 25 run (conversion failed) 5:58 1Q G-Desmond Perry 14 pass from Kowalik (kick failed) 3:40 1Q Second Quarter S-Dadrian Taylor 20 pass from Michalec (Michalec run) 9:58 2Q G-Burns 4 run ((conversion pass) 2:14 2Q Third Quarter G-Akil Ellis 21 pass from Kowalik (Steven Koehne kick) 1:37 3Q Fourth Quarter S-Taylor 49 pass from Michalec (kick failed) 11:30 4Q S-Taylor 46 pass from Michalec (Ernie Egan pass from Brandon Cerny) 10:20 4Q S-Michalec 36 run (run failed) 7:51 4Q TEAM STATISTICS: Team stats Shiner Goliad First downs 25 18 Rushes-yards 53-275 7-6 Passing yards 187 369 Passes 9-16-2 28-38-1 Punts-average 1-40.0 2-45.5 Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-2 Penalties-yards 1-5 10-70 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Blake Michalec 28-139, Justin Stein 8-68, Chad Neubauer 13-50, Dadrian Taylor 2-13, Justin Stovall 1-4, Tyler Patek 1-1. Goliad: Joseph Burns 2-8, Ty Ross 2-2, Nate Kowalik 3-(-4). Passing Shiner: Michalec 8-15-161-2, Neubauer 1-1-26-0. Goliad: Kowalik 28-38-369-1. Receiving Shiner: Taylor 6-156, Stoval 3-31. Goliad: Justin Thomas 9-97, Desmond Perry 6-77, Burns 6-76, Mac Wimberly 3-73, Akil Ellis 3-34, Colby Zamzow 1-12.