Gonzales Inquirer On-Line

Week Three:
Shiner @ Randolph Game Preview

Thursday, September 20, 2012
by Jason Chlapek, Gonzales Inquirer Sports

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Shiner quarterback Trevion Flowers (3) ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the Comanches’ come-from-behind 27-24 victory over Schulenburg last Friday in Shiner.
photo courtesy of Rhonda Alexander
Everything feels better after a win. That’s what Shiner coach Steven Cerny said after his team’s 27-24 win over Schulenburg a week ago.

"It was a good win," he said. "Everyone’s been in a better mood this week and the players feel a lot more confident."

Shiner (2-1) will get its fourth game in a row against a 2A school when it visits Randolph at 7:30 p.m. today at Randolph High School located on Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City. The Ro-Hawks present something different than the Comanches’ previous three opponents -- a run-oriented offense.

"Randolph will run the ball," Cerny said. "They’re the first running team we’ll see this season."

In Shiner’s first three contests and its two preseason scrimmages, it defended against spread offenses. Although tonight will be the first time the Comanches will see a run-oriented team, Cerny pointed out one thing that will help his team out.

"We run the ball, too," he said. "Our guys defend against the run every day in practice so that should help."

Randolph (1-2) operates out of the wing-T, and its main plays are counter, belly option and toss sweep. Despite the Ro-Hawks’ subpar record, Cerny isn’t taking them lightly.

"Randolph has good skill kids and they look like a good football team," he said. "We can’t afford to look past them."

Randolph’s top offensive weapon is tailback Alonzo Barclift, who has 173 yards on 24 carries. Damani Phillips is another weapon with 61 yards rushing on 24 carries and five catches for 57 yards.

Shiner will have to play without right tackle/defensive end Tanner Pietsch, who separated his shoulder in last week’s win. One player Cerny was pleased with was Caleb Curtis at defensive tackle.

"Caleb is so quick and strong," he said. "He was able to beat single blocks with his quickness, but when he was double-teamed it opened things up for other guys."

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