SAN ANTONIO -- The Charlotte Trojans stellar season came to an end Friday night with the Shiner Comanches taking a commanding 37-7 victory over the Trojans in a class A Region IV area game at East Centralís Hornet Stadium in San Antonio.
"We had them on the ropes," said coach Lyndell Shipp. Itís disheartening when you hold a team like them for 90 total yards in the first half and then end up losing in the end. We both had turnovers, but our one turnover hurt worse."
After the Comanches took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on a 3-yard buck by running back Chris Baer, the Trojans answered quickly on a drive that resulted in a 52-yard pass to Matthew Caballero from senior quarterback John Mark Harvey.
For the remaining three quarters it was all Shiner and Baer scoring on runs of 6, 22, and 23 yards.
"We were running fair offensively until Bubba (Castillo) reinjured his ankle," added Shipp. "But what really hurt was missing him defensively because he was making some stops. Baer is a good back."
The Charlotte offense was held to 17 rushing yards while Baer rambled for 161 yards on 19 carries and four touchdowns for Shiner. Harvey led the Trojans with 124 yards passing and one touchdown. Caballero finished as the leading receiver with 75 yards on two catches.
After taking a 21-7 lead in the third quarter after Dustin Mayberry scored on a 3-yard run, the Comanches continued to increase the lead with solid defense and recorded a safety with 4:49 left in the quarter to go up 23-7.
The Trojans captured a playoff spot earning a second place finish in District 29-A behind the Brackett Tigers. Both teams received a bye on the bidistrict week. The area playoff game loss for Charlotte left them at 7-4 on the season.
"You certainly hate losing the last two games you play of the season," added Shipp. "But if itís any consolation, we always know that those two teams we lost to are the top two teams in the state and we felt we played both of them pretty tough. It will be a big plus if one advances and wins state. That says a lot about how good we are."
The Trojans will lose only five seniors including Harvey, Tommy Chavez, Tony Mendez, Gilbert Morales and Matt Whitten.
Also, the team learned good news after another MRI was done on junior Robert Sanchez and tests found that there was no evidence of Sanchez ever suffering a stroke. Sanchez began to feel dizziness and slurred speech after two-a-day practices in August where he was to thought to be diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and was then forced to quit playing sports. Doctors have since released Sanchez of his medical leave and has been activated back in athletics.