Shiner football coach Steven Cerny knew Hallettsville was a good team.
Shiner defender Brian Kloesel (49) looks to bring down a Hallettsville running back during last week’s contest. The Comanches host Schulenburg at 7:30 p.m. today at Comanche Stadium in Shiner. . photo courtesy of Rhonda Alexander
But he also believes that his Comanches could’ve performed better last week.
"We didn’t play as good as we should’ve last week," Cerny said. "We played good in the first half, but didn’t have that same energy in the second half. We also missed a lot of tackles. I hope we learned from that."
The end result of Shiner’s performance last week was a 49-28 loss to Hallettsville. The Brahmas accounted for 661 yards of total offense, including 385 passing.
"Hallettsville is very balanced and they did a good job of executing," Cerny said.
The Comanches won’t have much time to dwell on last week’s loss. They have yet another tough Class 2A opponent in longtime rival Schulenburg, whom they host at 7:30 p.m. today at Comanche Stadium in Shiner.
Shiner (1-1) looks to snap a three-game losing streak to Schulenburg (2-0). The Comanches haven’t beaten the Shorthorns since the 2008 season opener when they won 41-8.
"We’ve had some close games with Schulenburg, but it’s been a while since we beat them" Cerny said. "They’re close to us and it’s a natural rivalry. They also have a great fan base so I expect a big crowd (tonight)."
Schulenburg beat College Station (35-8) and Victoria St. Joseph (30-15) to start the season. The Shorthorns’ offense revolves around quarterback Ross Bludau, who has accounted for more than 400 yards of total offense -- 306 passing, 110 rushing.
In addition to Bludau, Schulenburg has a pair of running backs who produce well in Jyron McKenzie (129 yards rushing) and Gerardo Montoya (127 yards rushing), and are led in receiving by Jeffrey Lara (7 catches, 182 yards).
"Schulenburg is multiple on offense," Cerny said. "They’ll go with two tight ends, split backfields and one-back formations. They’re similar to us, but they pass more than we do."
What impresses Cerny most about Schulenburg is its offensive line, which has a trio of players who weigh 240 pounds.
"Their offensive line is impressive," he said. "They’re aggressive and they get after you. We have to stay low and be quick on defense."
Defensively, the Shorthorns operate out of a 50 front. They’re more of a true 5-2, according to Cerny.
"They’ve been doing the 5-2 for a while and it works for them," he said. "We have to attack, hit the holes quick and go against them."