SHINER -- There are times where records can be deceiving.
This is the case with the Shiner football team. The Comanches are 1-4 going into tonightís game against Ben Bolt, but there is a reason behind that.
Shiner is a Class A school, but its first four opponents are in Class 2A. The Comanchesí opponent last week -- Navarro -- is a 3A school.
Shiner will finally play someone its own size tonight when it travels to Ben Bolt to take on the Badgers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Ben Bolt (5-0) will be the final nondistrict contest for the Comanches, who face Division I-Class A No. 1 Ganado in the DI-District 15-A opener next week.
While Shiner faces a fellow Class A team, Comanchesí coach Steven Cerny isnít marking down tonightís game as a for-sure win.
"Ben Bolt is having a good season," Cerny said. "They line up and get rid of the ball so quickly that you donít have time to get to the quarterback."
Cerny said the Badgers replaced four offensive linemen and their quarterback from a year ago. Nonetheless, Ben Bolt continues to thrive with the pass.
The Badgers are a spread team and Albert Gonzales has already surpassed the 1,000-yard passing mark on the year.
He has passed for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns with just one interception.
Gonzalesí top target is Andres Alaniz. Alaniz has 36 receptions for 744 yards and 13 scores.
Ben Bolt also has the ability to run the football as well. Gabriel Ramirez is the leading rusher with 826 yards and 14 scores, and has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the first five games.
The Badgers also are solid defensively as they have given up just 72 points on the year. Ben Bolt runs a 4-3 defense.
Shiner operates out of the veer, and has managed to establish a three-pronged rushing attack with quarterback Jacob Stafford and running backs Evel Jones and Marlon Wallace. Jones is the teamís leading rusher with 381 yards and three touchdowns, while Stafford has rushed for 296 yards and six scores and Wallace for 216 yards and a touchdown.
Stafford also is the Comanchesí leading passer with 104 yards and three scores. Jones (5 receptions, 45 yards, 2 TDs) and Trevian Flowers (2-46, 2 TDs) are the leading receivers.
Three of Shinerís four losses occurred by 13 points or less. The Comanchesí lone win this season was 53-10 over Wallis Brazos on Sept. 2.