CHARLOTTE -- After a hard fought battle with Brackett just over a week ago, the Charlotte Trojans head into the class A area playoffs with number one Shiner this Friday.
The playoff marks the first for the Trojans in three years after a rough outing the last couple of years where they have been seated with Shiner in the same district.
The Comanches sport one of the finest football programs in the state and come into the area playoff after defeating Benavides in a class A bidistrict 44-0 last Friday.
Brackett remains at the number two spot in the state behind Shiner and boasts a similar program to that of the Comanches.
"They are pretty similar in the way that they run a lot," said Trojans coach Lyndell Shipp. "They have a lot of speed and use a lot of running backs to wear you down."
The Trojans played tough with Brackett for three quarters before their run game began to take a toll on the Charlotte defense.
The Comanches continue to use ‘old-school’ tactics and run out of the split-back veer offense.
But according to Shipp, their second running back is out for the game due to an injury and they will also be missing a key lineman up front as well.
"They are a little banged up so that is something that we are looking at carefully," said Shipp. "Hopefully that will be something that will slow them down."
Shipp also pointed out that this Shiner defense is not as formidable as in the past and do have weaknesses.
"They aren’t as good defensively," said Shipp. "We’ve seen some things that make them real susceptible and we feel that we have a good chance."
Though not as potent as Brackett’s offense, Shiner comes in with the eighth best rushing offense in the San Antonio area averaging just over 300 yards per game and are ranked number one in the area as the best defense allowing 95 yards per game.
The area playoff game is set for 7:30 p.m. at East Central High School’s Hornet Stadium.