Defending Class A state finalist Shiner scored two tie-breaking touchdowns in the fourth quarter to oust Brackett 21-7 in a quarterfinal battle of unbeaten teams before 2,398 at Alamo Stadium on Saturday night.
Shiner defenders Bucky Boehm and Chris Baer muscle a Brackett runner down for a big loss in Saturday's contest at Alamo Stadium. photo by Howard Esse, Crossroads Legal Video
For two teams that run the ball about 90 percent of the time, it actually took two halfback passes to put the Comanches ahead to stay.
Chris Baer connected with Nick Evans for 44 yards to the Brackett 20-yard line. Three plays later, freshman Kyle Condel fired a left-handed pass into the end zone to tight end Chase O'Conner. Scott Shimek's second of three extra points made it 14-7 with 9 minutes, 2 seconds remaining.
"You figure, with two running teams, I was more worried about running out of time and felt we had to do something different," Shiner coach Billy Turek said. "We thought the play was open early because they were coming up quick."
On the ensuing series, Brackett tried a fake punt on fourth-and- three from its own 30, but the Comanches stopped the attempt a yard short. On second down from the 29, Baer took a pitch 29 yards over the left side for a TD at the 6:38 mark.
Shiner started twice more deep in Brackett territory, once after an interception by Ryan Kloesel, and the Comanches took a knee at the Tigers 1 on the final play.
The Comanches (14-0) advanced to take on Big Sandy (11-3) in the state semifinals at a time and site to be determined. Big Sandy blanked Harleton 10-0 Saturday.
Brackett concluded its most successful season at 12-1 after dropping down from Class 2A, where the Tigers were a 10-1 playoff team a year ago.
The Tigers started the scoring on the first series of the second half with a 90-yard drive, featuring Noe Talamantes' 51 yard cutback run to the Shiner 33 and Brand Wylie's 30-yard reverse for a TD. Mark Kesteloot converted the PAT.
Later in the third, Shiner lineman Clayton McCorkle recovered a fumble at the Brackett 6 and Baer scored on a fourth-down sweep from the 2 as the Comanches tied it.
"They are not only big and strong, but they are fast, too," Brackett coach David Yeager said.
"That's how Shiner can get you, with the big play. But I felt our defense played well enough to win."
GAME STATISTICS: Shiner Brackett First Downs 11 6 Rushes-Yards 43-167 43-168 Passing Yards 64 31 Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0 2-7-1 Return Yards 45 (-)2 Punts 4-42 5-29 Fumbles-Lost 5-2 1-1 Penalties-yds 3-25 4-20 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - Shiner, Chris Baer 20-102, Trey Curtis 22-70, Dustin Mayberry 1-(-)5; Brackett, Noe Talamantes 18-97, Brand Wylie 7-54, Charlie Slaughter 1-18, Clyde Adams 3-6, Myles Braesicke 6-5, Mark Kesteloot 2-3, Cody Edwards 1 (-)2, Kody Yeager 5-(-)13. Passing - Shiner, Baer 1-1-0-44, Condel 1-1-0-20, Curtis 0-3-0-0. Brackett, Yeager 2-6-1-31, Wylie 0-1-0-0. Receiving - Shiner, Nick Evans 1-44, Chase O'Connor 1-20; Brackett, Wylie 1-19, Slaughter 1-12. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 0 0 7 14 -- 21 Brackett 0 0 7 0 -- 7 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter none Second Quarter none Third Quarter B - Brand Wylie 30 run (Kesteloot kick), 8:56 S - Chris Baer 2 run (Scott Shimek kick), 3:58 Fourth Quarter S - Chase O'Connor 20 pas from Kyle Condel (Shimek kick), 9:07 S - Baer 29 run (Shimek kick), 6:38