THREE RIVERS — While the temperature did not get below freezing, the Shiner Comanches still were able to get a couple of snowballs rolling.
The Comanches scored on nearly every possession, had the backups in by the second quarter, led 49-0 at halftime and rolled to a 63-0 win over Corpus Christi London Thursday night at Three Rivers’ Bulldog Stadium in the Class 2A Division 1 bi-district game.
Shiner came into the game very prepared on both sides of the football.
"Looking at them on film, we were very impressed with them," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "They played a good game against Ben Bolt. We struck early and got some key turnovers. Once that happened, it snowballed on them."
"Our defense looked solid with us getting to look a lot of players."
London had a good first play after taking the opening kickoff — George Aguilar had 25-yard run from his 20 to his 45 and the Pirates eventually crossed the 50.
They later were stopped on fourth down at the Comanche 42.
Shiner then drove 58 yards in 10 plays, their longest of the night and capped it with a 4-yard run by Chad Neubauer for a 7-0 lead.
On the next possession, Justin Stovall intercepted a Jake Voss pass and took it to the Pirate 8. An offsides call moved the ball to the 4 and a toss play to Tyler Patek put Shiner up 14-0.
CC London ran a couple of plays before a fumble that was recovered by the Comanches’ Dillon Kalina and returned to the Pirate 27. An 8-yard run by Neubauer capped a five-play drive as Shiner led 21-0 with 11:49 left in the first half.
The Pirates had to punt on the next drive and Patek got a return to the plus-38. Quarterback Blake Michalec tossed a short pass to Dadrian Taylor, who danced and weaved all over the field, going from sideline to sideline to get to the end zone and gave Shiner a 28-0 lead.
The Shiner snowball got bigger and bigger — Ty Boedeker came up with Shiner’s second interception, getting the ball to the Pirate 44. Stovall then scored on a wide-receiver reverse.
CC London went three and out on the next series, and the Comanche second string entered the game. Running backs Charles Haynes and Justin Stein got the ball down to the 30, and quarterback Brandon Cerny hit an open Caleb Oden for a 30-yard score and a 42-0 lead.
The Pirates got a pair of runs 20 yards or longer to get inside Comanche territory but it ended with another turnover.
Defensive lineman Marcus Rodriguez got his hands on a Mitch Moore throwback pass after Voss gave him a lateral. Rodriguez nabbed the ball at his 45 and took it the distance for a 49-0 Shiner lead.
"I did not know Marcus was that fast," Cerny joked.
In the second half that featured a running clock, Stein had a 3-yard run and Haynes had a 34- yard carry, both in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
By the end of the contest, freshman Dustin Petras was taking snaps for the Comanches and other freshmen saw action as well.
"It worked out good for us because you got to play everyone, you had new people brought up and we had a good week of practice," Cerny said. "When you practice all week, you want to get on the field. It was good to give everyone an opportunity to play and they did well."
Shiner will play Mason in the area round at next Friday, 11/21 at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock.
The Comanches and Punchers have faced off in the playoffs for several years in a row.
"We will have our work cut out for us in preparing for Mason," Cerny said.
GAME STATISTICS (from the Victoria Advocate Digital Edition)GAME SUMMARY: Class 2A, Division I, First Round (Bi-District) Playoff Shiner 63, C.C. London 0 Three Rivers Bulldog Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Corpus Christi London 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 14 35 14 0 -- 63 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Chad Neubauer 4 run (Neubauer kick), 4:12 S - Tyler Patek 4 run (Neubauer kick), 3:16 Second Quarter S - Neubauer 8 run (Neubauer kick), 11:49 S - Dadrian Taylor 38 pass from Blake Michalec (Neubauer kick), 8:37 S - Justin Stovall 44 run (Neubauer kick), 7:15 S - Caleb Oden 30 pass from Brandon Cerny (Austin Tousek kick), 1:59 S - Marcus Rodriquez 56 interception return (Tousek kick), 0:02 Third Quarter S - Justin Stein 3 run (Charles Haynes run), 8:45 S - Haynes 34 run (run failed), 0:56 Fourth Quarter no score TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner CC London First Downs 17 8 Yards Rushing 37-305 36-190 Yards Passing 68 10 Passes 4-2-2-0 11-2-0-3 Punts 0 34.0 Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2 Penalties-yards 3-25 8-44 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner, Blake Michalec 2-7, Chad Neubauer 7-46, Charles Haynes 10-127, Justin Stein 9-41, Justin Stovall 2-50, Tyler Patek 4-25, Caleb Oden 1-4, Dustin Petras 2-5. Corpus Christi London, George Aguilar 13-123, Chris Gray 2-9, Jake Voss 7-12, Matt Powell 8-29. Passing Shiner, Blake Michalec 2-1-38-0, Brandon Cerny 2-1-30-0. Corpus Christi London, Jake Voss 9-2-10-2, Receiving Shiner, Dadrian Taylor 1-38, Caleb Oden 1-30, ...