Shiner Gazette

Comanches lose to Beavers
Adam Dawson lost for season

Friday, November 2, 2001

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SHINER -- The Shiner Comanches failed to nail down the District 30-1A title, losing to the Falls City Beavers, 23-18, last Friday at Comanche Stadium.

In addition, the Comanches suffered a big blow to their defense when Adam Dawson was lost for the season with a leg injury.

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Shawn Flores (66) trips up quarterback Brian Sixto in Friday's game against Falls City. Coming in from the right is Adron Price. No. 11 for Falls City is Weston Zunker.
(all photos by Shiner Gazette)
Dawson broke the fibula (small bone) in his left leg in third quarter action, sidelining him for the season.

"It's a clean break of the small bone about two inches above the ankle," said Adam. "I'm doing fine and the prognosis is for a good recovery. I'll be on the sideline with plenty of moral support for the guys," he said.

The Comanches will have to regroup this week for their final game against Sabinal. They need a win to clinch a playoff spot. The district placing will also depend on the outcome of the D'Hanis-Falls City game.

Weston Zunker, who rushed for 236 yards on 32 carries, led the Beavers with two touchdowns. Zunker scored on a 1-yard run early in the second period and on a 52-yard run late in the third period.

Falls City scored their winning touchdown with a 32-yard pass from Brian Sixto to Joey Wiatrek with 10:43 left in the game.

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Garet Pustka (1) tries to elude two Beavers in Friday's loss to Falls City.
Neither team could muster any offense early in the game. The first quarter included six punts, three by each team, before Bryan Franklin lit up the scoreboard on a 35-yard touchdown run with :58 left on the clock. The 2-point conversion was no good but Shiner had broken the scoreless deadlock.

Zunker set up his first touchdown with four carries on the Beavers' next possession, including a 38-yard run to the Comanche 24 where Kelsey Pohler made a touchdown saving tackle.

Three plays later Zunker drove in for the score from the 1-yard line The 2-point conversion pass from Sixto to Derek Sturm was good and Falls City was ahead, 8-6.

Franklin and Chris Baer both had good runs on Shiner's next possession but the Comanches were again forced to punt. The Shiner defense held and Falls City had to punt back.

The Comanches drove from their 28 to the Beaver 42 before giving up possession on downs with 3:10 left in the half. Three plays later, Zunker found a hole in the Comanche line and raced 52-yards to up the lead to 14-6.

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Shiner's Josh Smith (22) returns a pass interception to the Beavers' 26-yard line just before the end of the first half.
The Comanches had one last chance to score with four seconds left in the first half when Josh Smith intercepted a pass on the Beaver 2-yard line. The Comanches set up for a field goal attempt by Dawson who took the snap instead and threw a pass to the end zone which was broken up as the half ended.

Shiner finally scored with 2:21 left in the third period on a 14-yard run by Franklin. The PAT conversion was no good but Shiner had cut the lead to l4-12.

Shiner took an 18-14 lead with :15 left in the period on a 35-yard run by Chris Baer.

Falls City replied with a 78-yard scoring drive climaxed with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Sixto to Joey Wiatrek. The PAT was good and the Beavers led 21-18.

Following the kickoff, the Beavers recovered a Shiner fumble on the Comanche 27. The Beavers made a first down but good tackles by Ryan Spann and Jeremy Parr and a sack by Shawn Flores and an intentional grounding penalty gave Shiner the ball on their 5-yard line with 7:49 left in the game.

The Comanches couldn't get out of the hole and on 4-and-11, Shiner elected to give up a safety.

The Shiner offensive unit had one more chance with 3:13 left in the game but could manage only six yards on four plays. Falls City took over on the Comanche 26 and ran out the clock with the final score 23-18.

"It was a tough loss for us," said Coach Billy Turek. "Falls City played a good game, but we gave up too many big plays." The Comanches ran 42 offensive plays behind some good blocking by the line but couldn't make the first downs when needed. Shiner had to punt six times. Falls City punted eight times.

Defensively, Shawn Flores, Ryan Spann, Adron Price, Adam Dawson and Kelsey Pohler made some good plays.

Chris Baer led the Comanches with 106 yard on 10 carries, while Franklin added 92 yards on 15 carries.

Game time this Friday in Sabinal is 7:30 p.m.

                           Falls City    Shiner
         First Downs       12            10
         Yards Rushing     35-233        41-261
         Yards Passing     102           5
         Passes            7-15-1        1-7-0
         Punts             8-33.6        6-33
         Fumbles-lost      1-1           3-1
         Penalties-yards   7-50          3-15


         Falls City    0   14    0    9 --  23
         Shiner        6    0   12    0 --  18

   First Quarter
     S - Bryan Franklin 35 run (pass failed), :58

   Second Quarter
     F - Weston Zunker 1 run (Derek Sturm pass from Brian Sixto), 11:14
     F - Zunker 52 run (run failed), 2:50

   Third Quarter
     S - Franklin 14 run (pass failed), 2:21
     S - Chris Baer 35 run (run failed), :15

   Fourth Quarter
     F - Joey Wiatrek pass from Sixto (Brian DeSpain kick), 10:43
     F - Safety, 5:48

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