Defensive breakdowns, special team mistakes and six turnovers, including three first-quarter fumbles, doomed the Randolph Ro-Hawks in a 45-7 rout by the Shiner Comanches Friday.
The Ro-Hawks dug themselves an early hole that they could never climb out of, allowing Shiner to score on its first four possessions of the game en route to a 27-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter, stunning the home crowd at Ro-Hawk Stadium.
Shiner (3-1), the state's sixth-ranked Class A team, was up 15-0 before the Ro-Hawks' offense took the field. On the first play from scrimmage, Shiner's Evel Jones took a toss sweep around the right side for a 60-yard scoring run 23 seconds into the game.
On the ensuing kick-off, the Comanches took advantage of another Ro-Hawk breakdown when they recovered the ball on a short pooch kick at the Randolph 37-yard line. The heads-up play by Shiner resulted in a 14-yard TD pass from Trevion Flowers to Kris Patek.
The Ro-Hawks (1-3) looked to be on track when Christian Hosley ran 38 yards to the Shiner 4-yard line on Randolph's first play from scrimmage. But on the next play, Shiner recovered a Randolph fumble at the 5-yard line, setting the tone for a frustrating, mistake-filled night for the Ro-Hawks.
On the first snap of Shiner's ensuing possession, Flowers found a hole in the middle of the Ro-Hawks' defense and ran 95 yards untouched to the end zone, putting the Comanches up 21-0. Randolph fumbled two more times in the opening quarter, including a muffed kick.
Randolph scored in the second quarter when Zach Trujilio rolled out and tossed a 7- yard TD pass to Jackson King in the corner of the end zone. Trujilio kicked the point after, chipping Shiner's lead to 27-7.
The Comanches racked up 401 yards on the ground, with Jones and Flowers each rushing for over 100 yards. Jones ran for 169 yards on 10 carries; Flowers had 138 yards on 10 carries.
Randolph opens District 14-2A Division II play with a tough road test Friday against the undefeated Rogers Eagles (4-0). Game time is 7:30 p.m.