Gonzales Inquirer On-Line

Shiner hosts Flatonia
by Jason Chlapek
Friday, October 21, 2011

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SHINER -- Forrest Gump’s mother told him, "Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re going to get."

That’s how Steven Cerny feels about the Shiner football team’s contest against Flatonia tonight. He has no idea what the Bulldogs will do offensively.

"They’ll keep us guessing," Cerny said. "They’ve run a bit of everything. They run spread, wishbone, I formation, etc. They probably have a few tricks up their sleeves."

Regardless of what offense Flatonia (3-4, 0-1 in Division I-District 15-A) operates out of, Cerny expects another exciting game between the Bulldogs and Comanches when they square off at 7:30 p.m. today at Comanche Field in Shiner. While Flatonia is in search of its first district win, Shiner (3-5, 1-1 in DI-15-A) is in search of its second win in a row after beating Yorktown, 41-6, a week ago.

After an 0-2 start, the Bulldogs won three games in a row before quarterback Colby Mica suffered a broken collarbone injury in their 29-13 loss to Burton Sept. 30. Mica was Flatonia’s leading rusher (383 yards, 4 TDs) and passer (828 yards, 11 TDs) prior to his injury.

In Mica’s absence, Will Bruns and Cole Robbins have rotated in-and-out at quarterback. They also double at wide receiver.

The Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher is Mitchell Mica -- Colby’s brother. Mitchell Mica has 348 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

Zane Ponder is the leading receiver with 23 receptions for 485 yards and six scores. Robbins (20-270, 3 TDs) and Bruns (9-117, 3 TDs) also are receiving threats when they’re not playing quarterback.

Flatonia operates out of a 4-3 look defensively. But Cerny wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bulldogs go into a 4-4 look.

The close proximity of the schools makes for an interesting rivalry every time they face each other in any sport as a 19-mile stretch along State Highway 95 separates Shiner and Flatonia. Prior to tonight’s football game, the schools’ volleyball teams face each other at 4:30 at the Shiner High School gym.

"Hopefully our girls can win the volleyball match and our boys can feed off of that momentum," Cerny said.

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