It took the Shiner offense almost two quarters to kick into high gear but when it did there was no stopping it.
After one of his two interceptions, Kevin Berger (57) returns it for good yardage led by Bucky Boehm (22). photos by Shiner Gazette
The Comanches reeled off 30 unanswered points breaking a 7-7 deadlock and went on to a 37-7 win over the Charlotte Trojans in the Class 1A Area playoff at East Central Stadium in San Antonio.
The win sends Shiner (12-0) to the regional game against Chilton (11-1) this Saturday at Round Rock Dragon Stadium.
Chris Baer was the workhorse for the Comanches, rushing for 164 yards and four touchdowns. Baer scored on runs of 3, 6, and twice on 23-yard runs.
Dustin Mayberry added a 3-yard touchdown and Scott Shimek was good on all five PATs.
The Shiner offense amassed 243 total yards, while the defense held Charlotte to just 33 yards rushing and 125 yards passing.
While the Shiner defensive line kept Charlotte's running game in check, the Shiner secondary intercepted two passes and broke up numerous others to stymie the Trojan air attack.
Charlotte's lone score came on a 52-yard pass play from John Mark Harvey to Matt Caballero in the first quarter.
Shiner RB Chris Baer turns the corner on a sweep while Trey Curtis blocks the Charlotte defender.
The Comanches got a break early in the game when Dustin Pohler blocked a Charlotte punt on the Trojan 23. Five plays later, Baer scored on a 3-yard run.
Shimek's kick was good but a penalty set him back five yards for another try. His second attempt was blocked but the Trojans were flagged for a personal foul and Shimek's third try was good for a 7-0 Shiner lead at the 8:27 mark.
Shiner got another break with a fumble recovery by Ryan Kloesel on the Shiner 38 but Charlotte responded with a pass interception setting up the Trojan TD with 4:21 left in the first period.
Harvey's PAT kick tied the game at 7-7.
The first quarter ended with Charlotte in possession on their 20. The Trojans marched to the Shiner in 10 plays highlighted by a 19-yard pass from Harvey to Mark Cumpian. With 4th-and-4, Harvey lofted a pass to the end zone but Chase O'Connor broke up the catch attempt on the goal line and Shiner took over on the 25,
The Trojans again put up a good defensive stand and a fumble recovery stopped the Comanche drove on the Shiner 41.
Not to be outdone, the Shiner defense stepped up and Kevin Berger picked off a tipped pass on his 45.
With 3:54 left in the first half, Shiner's offense went into action. The Comanches picked up three first downs and were faced with a 3rd-and-12 with :30 seconds left.
The Trojans were flagged for a face mask infraction and Shiner had a first down on the 6-yard line with only :19 left on the clock.
Trey Curtis ran left, but finding no running room, pitched the ball back to Baer who reversed the play, ran to the right and hit the pylon for the touchdown with three seconds to spare. Shimek's kick gave Shiner a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Ryan Kloesel and Scott Shimek bring down the Charlotte ball carrier for no gain. Shiner held the Trojans to only 17 yards on 29 carries for the night.
"The first half was very physical," said Coach Steve Cerny. "Charlotte had a good game plan and they were well prepared for us."
"I have to give our guys credit for hanging in there. We wore them down in the first half and took advantage in the second half with breaks that went our way," he added.
The Comanches went right to work in the second half with Baer returning the kickoff to the 30. Baer and Dustin Mayberry took turns and drove to the 3- yard line setting up Mayberry's touchdown run with 8:50 left in the third.
Baer had a 34-yard run and Mayberry had a 13-yard scamper to highlight the drive. The PAT upped the score to 21-7.
Clayton McCorkle, Ryan Kloesel and Scott Shimek combined on two plays to stop the Trojans. Colton Henley followed with a sack forcing a punt deep in Charlotte territory.
The snap went over the punter's head into the end zone for a safety.
Baer had another good kick return to the Charlotte 40. A 5-yard penalty set up the Comanches on the Trojan 35. Baer picked up a first down to the 25. Mayberry carried twice and Baer capped the drive with a 23-yard run behind good blocking.
With 3:02 left in the third period, Shiner led 30-7.
Harvey went to the air on Charlotte's next possession, completing a 24-yard pass before being sacked by Baer for a 10-yard loss. A penalty added yardage, to the Trojan 49.
A holding penalty backed up Charlotte to their 42, setting up 2nd-and-17. An incomplete pass and a great defensive play by O'Connor to break up a third down pass forced a punt.
A short 9-yard punt gave Shiner good field possession but the Comanches were held and had to punt back.
Charlotte opened the fourth quarter on their 20. Two of Harvey's passes fell incomplete. The third was picked off by Berger, his second of the game.
Shiner RB Chris Baer catches some air after Dustin Mayberry's block and with Trey Curtis in the lead.
A personal foul tacked on another 15 and Shiner went on the offensive from the Charlotte 30. Three plays later gained only seven yards. Baer took the fourth down pitch and rambled 23 yards for the score with 9:15 left in the game.
The Comanche secondary got another good workout with O'Connor, Berger and Kyle Condel each breaking up passes to stop Charlotte's next drive.
The determined Shiner defense then shut down Charlotte's final attempt late in the game and again the Comanches notched another big win.
"We had a good overall effort. Baer ran well behind good blocking. Dustin Mayberry picked up some key yards when needed. Except for that first half touchdown pass, our guys did a good job defending against the pass, especially against their tall receivers," said Cerny.
Cerny said Chilton will present another test as they have most of last year's starters back this year.
The Pirates are 11 -1 and have outscored their opponents, 506-139. They will be out to avenge a 47-39 loss to the Comanches in the state semi-final last year.
The game will be played at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock. Game time is 7 p.m.
GAME STATISTICS: Charlotte Shiner First Downs 9 15 Rushes-Yards 29-17 45-224 Passing Yards 124 6 Comp-Att-Int 7-20-2 1-6-1 Return Yards 0 41 Punts 3-29 3-32 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-yds 10-70 4-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - Charlotte: Preston Castillo 8-22, Rick Luna 7-14, Mark Cumpian 6-20, John Mark Harvey 8-(-29). Shiner: Chris Baer 19-161, Dustin Mayberry 14-43, Trey Curtis 6-31, Dexter Mayberry 2-5, Chase O'Connor 1-4, Kyle Condel 3-(-4). Passing - Charlotte: Harvey 7-20-2 124 Shiner: Curtis 1-6-1 6. Receiving - Charlotte: Matthew Caballero 2-75, Cumpian 2-27, Castillo 2-13, Matt Whitten 1-9. Shiner: Baer 1-6. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Charlotte 7 0 0 0 -- 7 Shiner 7 7 16 7 -- 37 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Chris Baer 3 run (Scott Shimek kick), 8:27 C - Matthew Caballero 52 pass from John Mark Henry (Henry kick), 4:21 Second Quarter S - Baer 6 run (Shimek kick), :03 Third Quarter S - Dustin Mayberry 3 run (Shimek kick), 8:50 S - Safety (deep snap over Charlotte punter's head out of end zone), 4:49 S - Baer 23 run (Shimek kick), 3:02 Fourth Quarter S - Baer 23 run (Shimek kick), 9:15