Three Rivers (4-3, 1-1 in 15-A-DI) at Shiner (6-1, 1-0 in 15-A-DI)
7:30 p.m. today at Comanche Stadium, Shiner
While Shiner and Three Rivers have similar run-first offensive approaches, their results in their last games played are night-and-day different. The Comanches ran past Kenedy, 33-7, two weeks ago, while the Bulldogs suffered a 29-28 loss to the Lions on a touchdown/two-point conversion combination with 16 seconds left to play.
The teams will experience night-and-day results again tonight after they meet at Comanche Stadium as one team will win and the other will lose. Shiner coach Steven Cerny is hoping his team will have the upper hand tonight.
"Three Rivers is very physical, and their linemen get after it," he said. "We have to stop their running back (Wesley Guzman) and quarterback (Hagan Johnston), and we have to play physical."
The Bulldogs base out of the slot-T, but they run their plays out of multiple formations. Guzman is Three Riversí main threat with 888 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs operate out of a 4-3 defense with a cover-2 look. With six of the Comanchesí first seven opponents operating out of the spread offense, Cerny is concerned that his team hasnít seen much of the slot-T.
"The key for us is to put them in as many third-and-long situations as possible," he said. "We need to put them in passing situations."