SHINER -- On the surface, it seems as if there might be nothing to play for when the Shiner and Louise football teams take the field tonight.
But Comanches coach Steven Cerny wants his team to go into the Division I-Class A state playoffs on a good note. Shiner (4-5, 2-1 in District 15-A-DI) visits Louise (1-8, 0-3 in 15-A-DI) at 7:30 at Hornet Field in Louise.
The Comanches observed a bye last week, while the Hornets suffered a 42-6 loss to Flatonia. The Bulldogs’ victory put Shiner in the playoffs.
"We needed a week off to get our dead legs refreshed," Cerny said. "Everyone’s in real good shape now heading into tonight and the playoffs, and it was good to get a little help from Flatonia."
While Louise has won just once this season, Cerny said his teams have struggled with the Hornets traditionally.
"They always play us real close," he said. "Two years ago, we won on a last-second field goal. A few years before that, they went for two and the win, but we stopped them. It’s their last game, and they’re going to play us tough."
Cerny said Louise runs multiple offenses ranging from the wing-T to the stacked I. While his team will see different formations throughout the night, Cerny said the key to victory will be the play on the offensive and defensive lines.
"If we win at the line of scrimmage, we’ll have a good chance to win," he said.
The Hornets’ top player is running back Dillon Lee. They’re known more for their speed than their power, according to Cerny.
Defensively, Louise will operate out of a split or a weak eagle.
Cerny said he is prepared for his team to see either 4-4 or 5-3 fronts.
No matter what happens, the Comanches will be the second-place team out of 15-A-DI, and will face the third-place team out of 16-A-DI. Because of the tight race in 16-A-DI, Cerny has no idea who his team will face in the first round.
District 16-A-DI consists of Ben Bolt, Kenedy, La Villa and Charlotte.