In shutout games, the losing team failed to score.
Shiner quarterback Jacob Stafford, left, contemplates whether or not to hand the ball to Caleb Curtis (22) or keep it himself during a recent game. photo by Jason Chlapek, Gonzales Inquirer Sports
But because of a stingy defensive effort from the Shiner football team, Brackett not only failed to score and struggled to pick up first downs, it also failed to gain positive offensive yardage. The Comanches limited the Tigers to five first downs and minus-4 yards of total offense in a 35-0 victory Friday at Bulldogs Stadium in Somerset in a Division I-Class A area playoff contest.
"Our defense played really well," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said. "We used our speed to our advantage and we confused them with our defensive fronts."
Shiner (7-5) advanced to the region semifinal round of the DI-A state playoffs and will take on Winters at 6 p.m. Saturday in Marble Falls.
The winner faces either Ganado or Mason in the region finals next weekend.
When facing a team who operates out of the slot-T -- Brackett’s offense -- most teams put as many as 8-11 players in the box to defend its tight formations. The Comanches kept seven in the box for most of the evening with either 4-3 or 5-2 alignments.
Not only did the Tigers gain minus-4 yards on 35 carries and fail to complete a pass, they also punted nine times and lost a fumble. Brackett actually had positive yards in punting with 307.
Shiner scored its first touchdown at the 3:07 mark of the first quarter as Marlon Wallace ran into the endzone from seven yards out to give his team a 7-0 lead. Caleb Curtis added to the lead with a 29-yard touchdown run to put the Comanches up, 14-0, with 14 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The score remained the same until Jacob Stafford hit Evel Jones for a 40-yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining before halftime. Shiner led 21-0 at halftime.
Wallace scored on a 6-yard run at the 8:05 mark of the third quarter and Stafford hit Trevian Flowers for a 38-yard score with 3:33 left in the period. Stafford completed 4-of-6 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones led all rushers with 82 yards on eight carries and receivers with three catches for 81 yards and a score. The Comanches amassed 364 yards of total offense -- 245 rushing and 119 passing.