PLEASANTON -- Utilizing a strong running game, the Shiner Comanches rode to a 35-0 win over the Ben Bolt Badgers in the Class A Area game at Pleasanton last Friday.
Steven Evans looks for an opening as Ben Bolt's Xavier Trejo (17) is about to be blocked by Garet Pustka. (all photos by Shiner Gazette)
Steven Evans ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score.
Quarterback Garet Pustka returned a punt for a touchdown and ran five yards for another.
Shiner rushed for 294 yards while holding the Badgers to only 36. The Comanches added another 78 through the air. Ben Bolt passed for 250 yards, but Shiner contained the Badgers inside the 20-yard line on three drives.
Chris Baer follows the blocking of Todd Wenske and Steven Evans on his way for good yardage against Ben Bolt. Baer, who sat out the fourth quarter after taking a hard hit, led the Comanches with 137 yards.
Shiner (11-1) will now meet West Sabine in the regional play-off at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in Katy.
Pustka put the Comanches on the scoreboard with a 50-yard punt return with 6:58 left in the first period.
The Badgers stormed right back with a 59-yard pass play from David Ruiz to Ricky San Miguel to the Shiner 17.
The Comanches held and took over on downs at their 18-yard line. Shiner lost possession on a fumble on the Ben Bolt 33-yard line, only to regain control on their 29, thanks to a Casey Coleman interception.
Casey Coleman keeps on running as a Badger tries to bring him down from behind.
Shiner drove 71 yards in nine plays with Evans scoring from the 8-yard line. Evans ran in the 2-point conversion and Shiner led 14-0 with 6:35 left in the first half.
Shiner’s next possession started on their 5-yard line. Two carries by Pustka, Chris Baer and Evans, plus a 15-yard penalty against the Badgers, set up the Comanches on the Ben Bolt 11-yard line.
Shiner was flagged for holding and suddenly the Comanches faced a first-and-20 on the 21.
Brady Strauss overpowers a Ben Bolt blocker.
Pustka went to the air and after three incompletions, he hit Evans with a 21-yard scoring strike. Chase O’Connor caught Pustka’s pass for the 2-point conversion and Shiner led 22-0 as the first half came to an end.
Ben Bolt took the second half kick off and drove to the Shiner 9-yard line only to be turned away by the Comanche defense.
The drive included a 59-yard pass play from Ruiz to Randy Arriola.
Running back Kenzley Wright gains good yardage.
Sparked by good running by Chris Baer and a 16-yard pass to O’Connor the Comanches drove the length of the field and scored on a 5-yard run by Pustka with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
The Comanche defense again forced a punt and again the Comanches were deep in their end of the field.
The third quarter ended with Shiner on their 15-yard line. Shiner was forced to punt but Coleman recovered a fumble on the return and the Comanches were back on the offensive from midfield.
Five plays later Evans slipped into the end zone from the 1-yard line with 7:51 left in the game. The drive included a 20-yard pass from Trey Curtis, who took over at quarterback, to O’Connor. Ryan Kloesel added the PAT for a 35-0 final.
Shiner's defenders limited Ben Bolt to only 36 yards rushing.
Baer was the leading rusher with 137 yards on 17 carries. Evans had 68 yards on 13 carries and Kenzley Wright carried six times for 30. Pustka had 44 yards on seven carries. He completed three passes and Trey Curtis had one completion.
O’Connor was on the receiving end of two tosses, while Coleman and Evans caught one each.
Erasmo Reyna led Ben Bolt with 25 yards on five carries. David Ruiz completed 11 passes to five different receivers for 250 yards.
GAME STATISTICS Shiner Ben Bolt First Downs 22 8 Yards Rushing 46-294 23-36 Yards Passing 78 250 Passes 4-9-0 11-26-1 Punts 3-33 3-33.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 2-15 9-65 Rushing - Ben Bolt, Team Stats A 23-36. Shiner, Chris Baer 17-137, Trey Curtis 1-8, Steven Evans 13-68, Ryan Kloesel 1-3, Derek Lopez 1-4, Garet Pustka 7-44, Kenzley Wright 6-30. Passing - Ben Bolt, Team Stats A 11-26-1-250. Shiner, Trey Curtis 1-1-0-20, Garet Pustka 3-8-0-58. Receiving - Shiner, Casey Coleman 1-21, Steven Evans 1-21, Chase O'Connor 2-36. SCORING SUMMARY Shiner 6 16 6 7 -- 35 Ben Bolt 0 0 0 0 -- 0 SCORING DETAILS First Quarter S - Garet Pustka 50 punt return (kick failed), 6:58 Second Quarter S - Steven Evans 8 run (Evans run), 6:35 S - Evans 21 pass from Pustka (Chase O'Connor pass from Pustka), 1:00 Third Quarter S - Pustka 5 run (run failed), 2:30 Fourth Quarter S - Evans 1 run (Ryan Kloesel kick), 7:51