The first four minutes of the game at Comanche Stadium last Friday belonged to the Weimar Wildcats.
The Wildcats took advantage of a sluggish Comanche defense and scored on a 1-yard run by Cody Emanis for a quick seven points.
R. J. Lester sweeps to the left for a 7-yard touchdown in second quarter action against Weimar. (all photos by Shiner Gazette)
But that ended the cheering for Weimar as the Comanches put on their war bonnets and stormed to a 35-7 win over the Wildcats.
"We let up on our defense in that first drive, but after that we began to take it to them," said Shiner coach Steve Cerny.
The Comanches, primarily a running team, mixed their offense and took to the air more than they usually do, putting the Wildcats on the defensive.
Shiner had good field position throughout the game, thanks to the Comanche defense and the punting of Steven Evans.
Shiner turned a bad punt snap into a touchdown and surprised Weimar with an aerial attack, scoring on pass plays of 19, 57 and 18 yards. In addition, quarterback R.J. Lester rushed for a 7-yard touchdown and Chris Baer scored on a 23-yard run.
"They were set to stop the run and we knew we had to be ready with something else," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny.
Desmond Brooks (88) goes to the air for the catch as Weimar's Kyle Mueller (22) comes in late on the play.
"We got the big play when we needed it. Lester was really accurate throwing and our receivers did a great job fighting for the ball and making great catches."
Lester rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries, while Baer gained 59 yards on 10 carries. Lester completed 7-of-11 passes and two touchdowns, while Baer tossed an 18-yarder for another score.
Desmond Brooks and Casey Coleman were on the receiving end of the scoring passes.
Shiner look control of the game on Weimar's second possession when a bad snap on a punting situation went over the punter's head and Shiner got the ball on the Wildcat 20-yard line.
Two plays later Lester rifled a pass over the middle into the hands of Brooks for the touchdown.
The extra point attempt failed but the Comanches were on the loose. Shiner's next scoring drive began late in the first period on the Comanche 21. The period ended with the Comanches on the 43-yard line.
On the first play of the second period, Lester fired a bullet to Casey Coleman who caught the ball in full stride and left the defenders in his wake as he raced to the end zone. A pass to Steven Evans for the conversion made it 14-7.
Shiner scored again with 4:37 left in the first half. On third down on Weimar's 7-yard line, Lester faked a hand off and waltzed to the left for the touchdown. His PAT kick gave the Comanches a 21-7 lead.
Shiner got good field position on their 40 following a Weimar punt with 2:50 left before intermission. The Comanches drove to the Wildcat 18 with just about 30 second left.
On fourth-and-six, Lester pitched to Baer who rolled out and aimed for Brooks in the end zone. Brooks fought off the defender and made a brilliant catch for the score to cap the 9-play, 60-yard drive.
The middle of the Comanche line stops Weimar's DeOlan Ellison from crossing the goal line in first quarter action against the Wildcats.
The PAT was no good but Shiner had padded their lead to 27-7 as the hall ended.
Shiner scored midway through the third period after Steven Evans' punt sent the Wildcats to their 5-yard line. The Comanche defense stopped the 'Cats cold and got good field position after a short punt to the 29.
Lester picked up six yards and then Baer followed some good blocking along the sideline for the touchdown. Lester scored on a keeper for the conversion which ended the scoring for the night, giving Shiner a 35-7 lead.
Two fourth quarter turnovers stopped a Weimar comeback try. Quentin Wright intercepted a pass on the Comanche goal line with 11:30 to go in the game.
The Comanches then ran seven minutes off the clock on their possession before giving up the ball on downs on the Weimar 31. Five plays later, Derek Schlenker closed the door shut with a fumble recovery.
The entire team was cited for their efforts but the Shiner coaches gave out some individual citations. Defensive MVP went to Quentin Wright (7 1/2 tackles) and Chris Baer (8 tackles). Offensive MVP went to R.J. Lester. Jeremy Burchell received the Defensive Line award and Special Teams award went to Steven Evans for his punting; Big Hit went to Wright for a quarterback sack. Brooks received the Big Play award.
The Comanches have an open date this week and will see action on October 4 in Nixon-Smiley. District play begins October 11 against Charlotte.
GAME STATISTICS Weimar Shiner First Downs 10 14 Yards Rushing 35-111 41-168 Yards Passing 50 148 Passes 4-16-1 8-12-0 Punts 5-27.8 4-41.3 Fumbles-lost 3-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 4-40 5-40 SCORING DETAILS Weimar 7 0 0 0 -- 7 Shiner 6 21 8 0 -- 35 First Quarter W - Cody Emanis 1 run (Andre McMillian kick),8:08 S - Desmond Brooks 19 pass from R.J. Lester (kick failed), 3:11 Second Quarter S - Casey Coleman 57 pass from Lester (Steven Evans pass from Lester). 11:51 S - Lester 7 run (Lester kick), 4:37 S - Brooks 18 pass from Chris Baer (kick failed), 0:22 Third Quarter S - Baer 23 run (Lester run), 6:22 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing - Weimar, Andre McMillian 5-54; DeOlan Ellison 15-52; Cody Emanis 6-12; Johnny Hadash 3-11; Sam Muras 3-4; Lamont Johnson 1-2; Kyle Mueller 1-(-5); Team 1-(-19). Shiner. R.J. Lester 17-77; Chris Baer 10-59; Steven Evans 6-22; Quentin Wright 4-7; Adron Price 2-2; Eric Blair 2-1. Passing - Weimar, Emanis 2-11-0 29; McMillian 2-5-1 21. Shiner, Lester 7-11-0 130; Baer 1-1-0 18. Receiving - Weimar, Stuart Antosh 2-14; Clay Bittner 1-23; Jason Syrinek 1-13. Shiner, Wright 3-42; Desmond Brooks 2-37; Evans 2-12; Casey Coleman 1-57.