The third time was the charm for the Shiner football team Friday night.
After two years of bowing out of the postseason to Mason, the Comanches earned redemption. Shiner (12-1) held the Punchers out of the endzone and received touchdown runs from Evel Jones and Trevion Flowers as well as a touchdown pass between the two as the Comanches snapped two years of heartbreak with a 21-3 victory over previously-unbeaten Mason in the Class 1A-Division I state quarterfinal round Friday at the Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex in Round Rock.
"Itís pretty exciting," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said. "Of course now we have to regroup for another one."
Next up for Shiner is Mart, who won the 1A-DI title two years ago. The Comanches and Panthers will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kelley Reeves in a 1A-DI state semifinal contest.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Comanches struck in big-play fashion. Evel Jones scored on a 74-yard touchdown run to give his team a 7-0 lead with 38 seconds left in the second quarter.
Shinerís 7-0 lead stood at halftime and after three quarters of play before Rio Schmidt put the Punchers on the board with a 28-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 at the 10:28 mark of the fourth quarter. The Comanches got much-needed insurance when Flowers hit Jones for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 3:43 left to play to increase the Shiner lead to 14-3.
Following an interception thrown by Mason quarterback Elliot Bibb, Flowers put the icing on the cake with a 2-yard score with 1:23 remaining in the contest.
Jones led all rushers with 84 yards on 10 carries, and also had 46 yards receiving on his only catch of the night to finish with 130 yards of total offense.
Flowers ran 17 times for 58 yards and also completed 4-of-5 passes for 71 yards to tally 129 total yards. The Shiner defense also limited Mason (12-1) to a season-low 221 yards of total offense, including a season-low 106 rushing.
The winner of Fridayís contest will meet the Stamford-Italy winner at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the A-DI state championship.
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GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 21, Mason 3 Class 1A Division I state quarterfinals Round Rock ISD Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Mason First downs 7 12 Rushes-yards 32-131 40-112 Passing 4-5-1 7-17-2 Passing yards 71 107 Punts-yards 4-173 3-129 Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 4-30 6-39 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 0 7 0 14 -- 21 Mason 0 0 0 3 -- 3 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter no score Second Quarter S - Evel Jones 74 run (Kris Patek kick), 0:38 second quarter Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter M - Rio Schmidt 28 FG , 10:28 fourth quarter S - Jones 46 pass from Trevion Flowers (Patek kick), 3:43 fourth quarter S - Flowers 3 run (Patek kick) (1:23 fourth quarter INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Evel Jones 10-84, Trevion Flowers 18-57, Jacob Stafford 4-9. Mason: Rio Schmidt 21-69, Luis Castillo 8-33, Elliot Bibb 7-12, Raul Silguero 4-(-2). Passing Shiner: Flowers 4-5-1-71. Mason: Bibb 7-17-2-107. Receiving Shiner: Stafford 2-11, Jones 1-46, Tyler Patek 1-14. Mason: Castillo 4-42, Schimdt 2-32, Cody Wood 1-33.