The Shiner Comanches notched a convincing district win Friday against the Weimar Wildcats. Shiner won the toss and elected to defer, and their defense kept the Wildcats from doing anything with their opening possession. Weimar was held to a three-and-out, and after a bad punt and a penalty Shiner found themselves with good field position at the 30. After a few successful plays, Tyler Patek scored on a two yard run. The Comanches added a PAT to take a 7-0 lead with 8:54 to play in the first.
Catch me if you can: Shiner’s Chad Neubauer kicks in the afterburner to escape the presence of Weimar defenders.
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photo by Stewart Frazier
Shiner’s defense carried momentum into the next possession as they allowed Weimar to get a drive going but stopped it dead when Dadrian Taylor intercepted a pass and returned it for a 72-yard touchdown. After another successful kick, the score was set at Shiner 14, Weimar 0 with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wildcats answered with a long, sustained drive consisting of a mix of run and pass plays. The Comanche defense gave up some yards, but held when it mattered and kept Weimar from scoring a touchdown. The Wildcats had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Gerardo Rodriguez to set the score at 14-3 with 8:01 left in the second quarter.
Shiner’s offense came alive on their next possession, rattling off big plays to score quickly. They got a 34-yard chunk on a Patek run and capped the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run by Chad Neubauer. They added an extra point to take a 21-3 lead with 5:39 to play in the half.
Shiner’s special teams showed up on the ensuing kickoff, pinning the Wildcats deep at the 12. After a negative play on a reverse, the Wildcats suffered a severe blow when Tanner Janak was sacked and fumbled in the end zone. Dillon Kalina recovered the loose ball for a Shiner touchdown, and after a good kick they took a 28-3 lead with 4:40 left to play before halftime.
Weimar responded well on their next offensive possession, leaning heavily on big runs from Jacory Gordon. They converted a long pass to Todd Heger on 4th and 2 to sustain the drive and punched it in from a yard out a few plays later on a run by Saul Rosales. They added a successful PAT to set the score at 28-10 with :38 left before intermission, and it remained that way at the break.
Shiner’s offense opened the second half with a strong drive kept alive by a long pass to Justin Stovall to the 5. Neubauer punched it in from a yard out a few plays later, and after a good kick Shiner lead 35-10 with 7:10 left in the third.
Weimar had no luck on their next offensive possession and had to punt the ball away. The Comanches found success with a little trickery, gaining 31 yards on a halfback pass from Neubauer to Taylor. Neubauer added another touchdown to the stat sheet a few plays later, this time from 8 yards out. The PAT was no good, however, leaving the score at 41-10 with 3:14 remaining in the quarter.
Weimar’s offensive woes continued as they found some early success on their next possession, but failed to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs on the 30. Leaning heavily on the run, the Comanche offense drove down the field and added to their lead with a 13-yard scamper by Blake Michalec. The Wildcats blocked the kick attempt, setting the score at 47-10 at the end of the third.
Weimar’s offense responded with a big play of their own after a driving the ball for a few plays. They scored on a 40-yard pass from Janak to Austin Purdy, but were intercepted by the Comanches on their two-point attempt, leaving the score at 47-16.
Shiner elected to go with their subs on the next possession, and they started the drive out strong. They drove down the field with a solid running attack but stalled near the red zone and turned the ball over on downs to the Wildcats on the 27. Weimar’s offense moved the ball, but could not score before time expired, setting the final at 47-16.
After the game, Shiner head coach Steven Cerny commended his team for their explosive play: “We got some big plays from the offense and defense early, which really set the tone. We scored on offense and then had the interception return and that got us going. Our defense settled in after the field goal and gave us the huge play on the fumble recovery in the end zone, and we even had a kickoff return touchdown called back. Despite that, I feel like that was our best performance on special teams all year.” As expected with a big win, Shiner’s reserves got some play time, and Coach Cerny was happy about that as well: “Backups need to see some time. They practice as hard as the other guys, and when you only have 22 kids on the roster everybody needs to play.”
Shiner travels to Schulenburg next week and Weimar hosts Granado.
GAME STATISTICS (from the Victoria Advocate Digital Edition)GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 47, Weimar 16 Shiner Comanche Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Weimar 0 10 0 6 -- 16 Shiner 14 14 19 0 -- 47 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S: Tyler Patek 2 run (Chad Neubauer kick good) 8:54 S: Dadrian Taylor 32 interception return (kick good) 3:38 Second Quarter W: Gerardo Rodriguez 29 field goal 8:01 S: Neubauer 22 run (Neubauer kick good) 5:39 S: Dillon Kalina fumble recovery in end zone (Neubauer kick good) 4:40 W: Saul Rosales 1 run (Rodriguez kick good) 0:38 Third Quarter S: Neubauer 1 run (Neubauer kick good) 7:10 S: Neubauer 7 run (Neubauer kick fail) 3:14 S: Blake Michalec 13 run (kick failed) 0:00 Fourth Quarter W: Nathan Besch 42 reception from Tanner Janak (pass fail) 8:23 TEAM STATISTICS: Weimar Shiner First Downs 17 15 Yards Rushing 41-155 28-170 Yards Passing 121 112 Passes 14-8-1-1 8-6-0-0 Punts 28.0 0 Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 3-29 1-15 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Weimar: Michael Mason 3-14, Saul Rosales 11-40, Curry Johnson 14-55, Jacory Gordon 9-52, Jadon Blanks 1-(-3), Tanner Janak 3-(-3). Shiner: Blake Michalec 6-33, Brandon Cerny 1-10, Chad Neubauer 11-49, Charles Haynes 2-18, Justin Stein 4-10, Tyler Patek 4-50. Passing Weimar: Tanner Janak 14-8-121-1. Shiner: Blake Michalec 6-5-81-0, Chad Neubauer 1-1-31-0. Receiving Weimar: Todd Heger 3-53, Jadon Blanks 1-7, LaDarius King 2-10, Nathan Besch 1-42, Parker Holland 1-9. Shiner: Dadrian Taylor 4-64, Ernie Egan 1-16, Justin Stovall 1-32.