BEN BOLT -- After facing teams in Classes 2A and 3A during its first five games, the Shiner football team finally lined up against a Class A team Friday night.
The Comanches didnít disappoint either as they limited Ben Boltís high-octane offense to 229 yards of total offense in a 27-23 victory over the Badgers Friday at Ben Bolt High School. Shiner (2-4) not only handed Ben Bolt (5-1) its first loss of the season, the Comanches also snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
"We played well, especially on defense," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said. "We were able to establish the veer against a physical team. The kids handled the long travel well and stayed focused. Iím proud of them for the way they stepped up and played."
Early on, it looked as if things were going to go the Badgersí way as Gabriel Ramirez returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score to give his team a 7-0 lead at the 11:50 mark of the first quarter. But Shiner drove down field on its first possession, and tied the game, 7-7, on a 13-yard touchdown run from Jacob Stafford with 8:58 left to play in the opening quarter.
The score remained the same until Max Huth fell on a teammateís fumble in the endzone to give the Comanches the lead for good, 14-7, at the 3:27 mark of the second quarter. Ben Bolt was awarded a safety with 1:37 remaining before halftime, but could not score on the final possession of the first half as Shiner went into the locker room with a 14-9 lead.
The Comanches went back to work in the third quarter as Caleb Curtis scored from 15 yards out to give his team a 20-9 lead at the 6:39 mark of the period. The Badgers finally scored an offensive touchdown as Andres Alaniz scored on a 10-yard run with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
Stafford put the game away with a 12-yard touchdown run to put his team up 27-15 with 1:02 left to play in the fourth quarter. Alaniz caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Frankie Galvan and added the two-point conversion run to pull Ben Bolt within four, 27-23, with one second left to play.
Stafford led all rushers with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He also completed all three of his passes for 54 yards.
Lucian Blaschke led Shiner in receiving with two catches for 29 yards. Curtis also contributed to the Comanchesí ground attack with 65 yards and a score on nine carries.
Shiner ran for 268 yards on 51 carries. The Comanchesí defense also limited Badgersí starting quarterback Albert Gonzalez to 81 yards on 5-of-19 passing after he had thrown for more than 1,000 yards in the first five games.
Shiner opens Division I-District 15-A play against Class A No. 1 Ganado. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comanche Field.