The Comanches hope to continue their winning ways tonight when they travel to Thrall to take on the Tigers at 7:30. Shiner (3-1) is off to its best start since 2009 when it went 3-1 after four games.
Shiner running back Evel Jones (4) ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the Comanches’ 45-7 rout of Randolph last Friday. photo courtesy of Rhonda Alexander
"It’s been a good start and a good confidence builder," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said. "We’re doing well in some areas, but need work in other areas."
After dropping its first two games to Bruceville-Eddy (40-21) and Florence (20-0), Thrall (2-2) bounced back with wins over Jarrell (42-27) and Granger (26-21). Like the Comanches, the Tigers also are aiming for their third straight win tonight.
"Thrall is bigger than us and they’ll try to use their size to their advantage," Cerny said. "We’ll have to use our quickness to our advantage."
Thrall’s offense revolves around running backs Alex Kyner and Aaron Salazar and quarterback Joel Salazar. The Tigers are multiple on offense as they operate out of the spread, pistol or offset I.
"They’re similar to Schulenburg," Cerny said. "They’ll find something that works and go with that. We took the run away from Schulenburg, but they hurt us with the pass. The key for us is to use our speed to get big plays, but also find ways to sustain long drives."
Shiner is coming off of a 45-7 rout of Randolph last week. The Comanches used seven turnovers to pull away from the Ro-Hawks.
"We took advantage of their mistakes and got a few big plays to take Randolph out early," Cerny said. "We scored on the first play then recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and scored off of that to build a 15-0 lead before they ever touched the football."