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Area teams open seasons tonight
Shiner at Vanderbilt Industrial

Thursday, August 30, 2012
by Jason Chlapek, Gonzales Inquirer Sports

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Shiner at Vanderbilt Industrial

Shiner and Industrial have been involved in some close games over the last few seasons, including last year’s 20-7 Industrial win. When the teams meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Vanderbilt, Shiner coach Steven Cerny noted that the Cobras will have a different look than in years’ past.

"They ran spread in their scrimmages," Cerny said. "They traditionally ran the wishbone, but they were strictly spread in the film we saw on them from their scrimmages. They run jet sweep and quarterback wham plays as well as throw quick passes with a few deep balls."

Cerny also was quick to point out that it is hard to get a gauge on a team just from witnessing film on its scrimmages. He also is prepared to see the unexpected tonight.

"They showed spread in the scrimmages, but we still need to be prepared in case they get back in the wishbone," he said. "Industrial doesn’t have one kid who stands out above the rest. The have overall balance."

While the Cobras’ offense has changed, the defense remains the same. Industrial will still operate out of a split-6 alignment.

In each of the last two seasons, Shiner has overcome slow starts to advance to either the region semifinals or region finals. Cerny wants to see his team start well -- and finish well.

"We’ve had slow starts the last two years and we need to change that," he said. "If we can do the little things right, we’ll have a better chance of being successful."

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