With Weimar nursing a 1-2 record, the Shiner Comanches knew fully well the Wildcats were dangerous -- a team hungry for victory. But the third-ranked Comanches weren’t about to allow the Wildcats to whet their appetite at Shiner’s expense.
With a swarming, relentless defense and an offense that successfully managed to shrug off penalties and turnovers, the Comanches -- at times almost non-chalant -- coolly and calmly punched out a convincing 35-0 victory to spoil Weimar’s homecoming festivities.
A perfect 4-0 on the season, the Comanches will enjoy an open week before hosting Nixon-Smiley the following Friday in a 7:30 contest. The game will feature Shiner’s traditional homecoming celebration.
Shiner's Brady Strauss (51) overpowers Weimar's Brandon Burley to pressure the punter during the Comanches' 35-0 victory Friday. (photo by Bobby Tomek, IMAGES by Bobby)
Against Weimar, the Comanche defense quickly set the tone, forcing a three-and-out and subsequent punt. The Shiner offense, meanwhile, seemed to assert itself as well, driving from its own 38 and into scoring position with relative ease. Poised to break into the scoring column, however, the Comanches lost a fumble -- the first of three Shiner turnovers on the night -- and allowed Weimar to dodge the bullet.
By this time, the game clock had malfunctioned. And by this juncture, the Shiner offense had regained its composure and thus secured Weimar’s inevitable fate.
After bottling up the Wildcats deep in their own end of the field, the Comanches took over at the Weimar 42. Fueled by a 23-yard Chris Baer scamper, the Comanches marched methodically down the field and got on the board when Quentin Wright bolted in from the three. The PAT failed, but Shiner held a 6-0 lead with :38 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
From there, the Shiner defense proceeded to make a statement and turned up the heat on the Weimar offense. The front line and linebacking corps made life miserable for the Wildcat passing game and allowed the quarterbacks little time to operate. The Weimar running backs found no daylight, and the receivers were consistently hounded and blanketed by the Comanche secondary.
On the ensuing possession, Baer intercepted a Travis Moncrief pass and again allowed the Comanches to set up shop on the Wildcats half of the field. Six plays later, the Comanches were in the end zone once more, this time on a 4-yard run by Baer. Quarterback Garet Pustka rambled in for the 2-point conversion for a 14-point advantage.
Shiner added one more touchdown before intermission, with Wright doing the honors from seven yards out to cap a nine-play, 43-yard drive. Scott Shimek’s PAT stretched the margin to a comfortable 21 points and afforded the Comanches a commanding halftime lead.
Baer and Wright each added short scoring runs in the second half, and Shimek proceeded to split the uprights after each touchdown to account for the 35-0 final. Wright finished the night with l47 yards on l8 carries and tallied three touchdowns. Baer racked up 112 yards on 12 tries while Pustka added 65 yards on nine attempts. Pustka also completed two passes, a 15-yarder to Baer and an 8-yard pass to Casey Coleman.
The Comanches were in control from the outset. Shiner picked up 26 first downs and had 365 yards rushing on only 46 attempts for a gaudy 7.9 yards-per-carry average, thanks in large part to excellent point-of-attack and downfield blocking from the entire line along with the receivers and backs.
When the offense did stall, senior Steven Evans bailed Shiner out with his punting. Evans punted 3 times for a 35.6 average.
The Comanche defense turned in a stellar performance as well, limiting the Wildcats to just four first downs and 50 yards rushing on 41 attempts. Lamont Johnson was Weimar’s leading ground gainer with 21 yards on five carries. Kyle Mueller carried 12 times for just 17 yards.
Shiner’s Clayton McCorkle and Todd Wenske each recovered fumbles to thwart Wildcat drives.GAME STATISTICS Shiner Weimar First Downs 26 4 Yards Rushing 46-365 41-50 Yards Passing 23 37 Passes 2-9-1 4-11-1 Punts 3-35.6 7-30.4 Fumbles-lost 6-2 3-2 Penalties-yards 5-40 3-15 Shiner 6 15 7 7 -- 35 Weimar 0 0 0 0 -- 0 SCORING DETAILS First Quarter S - Quentin Wright 3 run (kick failed) Second Quarter S - Chris Baer 4 run (Garet Pustka run) S - Wright 7 run (Scott Shimek kick) Third Quarter S - Baer 2 run (Shimek kick) Fourth Quarter S - Wright 3 run (Shimek kick)