Another stellar performance by the defense and some outstanding running by Chris Baer and Dustin Mayberry sent the Chilton Pirates packing as the No. 1 Comanches took a 24-7 win in the Class 1A regional playoff game played Saturday at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock.
Kevin Berger, Justin Cowan and Isaac Casares bring down Lamar Simpson after only a short gain. all photos by Shiner Gazette
Chilton, which also lost to Shiner, 47-39, in last year's playoffs, ends its season at 11-2. Shiner (13-0) will now face Brackett (13-0) in the quarterfinal this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
Brackett beat Axtell, 28-6, in their game last week.
The Shiner defense held Chilton to only four yards in the first quarter and stopped the Pirates inside the Comanche 10-yard line on three occasions in the game.
In addition, the defense intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble to further stymie the Pirates' efforts.
"Coach Turek's defensive play calling and execution by the kids was the key to stopping their offense," said Coach Steven Cerny.
Dustin Mayberry dives for yardage against the Pirates in third quarter action. of two fumbles with Corey Plotts
Cerny also gave credit to Coaches Boedeker and Siegel who have done a good job with the secondary on pass defense.
"It took everything we had and except for the penalties and a couple of miscues, it was probably our best game of the year," he added.
"The effort by everybody was unbelievable. Chilton has a good team and a few plays that could have gone either way could have changed the outcome. The three stops inside the 10-yard line were critical and it was an unbelievable effort by our kids," he said.
Relying on senior running back Chris Baer, the Comanches offense ground out 311 yards rushing and 31 yards passing. Baer had 231 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns and threw for the third. His longest run was a 78-yard scamper late in the game to seal the win.
"Chris had another exceptional game and the kids gave him some excellent blocking. Dustin Mayberry, who also ran hard for good yardage, had some excellent blocks to clear the way for Chris," noted Cerny.
Shiner's first of three touchdowns came on their second possession of the game when the Comanches converted a fourth-and-eight into a 31-yard touchdown.
Chris Baer goes airborne to pick up extra yardage. Baer averaged better than 10 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns.
Shiner started on the Chilton 33 but three plays gained only two yards. On fourth down, Baer dropped back and let fly a 31-yard strike to Bucky Boehm to give Shiner the lead with 5:48 left in the first quarter. Scott Shimek's kick made it a 7-0 game.
Shiner held Chilton on downs on their first possession and Chase O'Connor made short of their second possession with an interception on the Shiner 40.
The Pirates' third attempt in the quarter was again short lived and Shiner took over at midfield to start the second period.
The 50-yard march to the end zone was highlighted by a 31-yard scamper by Baer who then capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Shimek's kick was again good and Shiner led 14-0.
Following a good kick off return to the Shiner 48, Chilton set out on their first good drive into Comanche territory. Led by quarterback Justin McCormick and Travis Landrum, the Pirates drove to the Shiner 6-yard line. But on fourth-and-one, McCormick was stopped dead in his tracks by the middle of the defensive line and Shiner took over.
Baer carried three times to the Shiner 43, but after three costly penalties, Shiner was back at the 25. Shimek's 52-yard punt gave the Comanches some breathing room to the Chilton 29.
The Pirates drove to the Shiner 4-yard line in 10 plays but failed to get into the end zone. This time it was the Shiner pass defense that came up with three defensive gems and for the second time, Chilton was denied the end zone.
Chase O'Connor breaks up a pass intended for Josh Landrum in the end zone.
Kevin Berger picked off a McCormick pass on the second play of the second half and Shiner was on the march from their 46. Runs of 12 and 17 yards by quarterback Trey Curtis and three carries by Baer had Shiner on the Chilton 8-yard line. The Comanches then lost their first of two fumbles with Corey Potts recovering the loose ball on the 7-yard line.
Travis Landrum finally broke down the Shiner defense, carrying for all of the 93 yards to the Comanche end zone, capping the drive with a 57-yard run. Victor Flores added the PAT and Shiner's lead was cut to seven with 6:25 left in the third period.
The teams then exchanged possessions to end the period.
Berger's fumble recovery on Chilton's 17-yard line set up a 33-yard field goal by Shimek for a 17-7 lead with 9:22 left in the game.
Landrum again led the Pirates on a 10 play drive to the Shiner 11, but a sack by Dustin Pohler of Lamar Simpson on fourth down gave Shiner the ball on the 18.
Curtis picked up four yards and then Baer exploded for a 78-yard touchdown run to clinch the win. Shimek's kick gave Shiner a 24-7 lead with less than four minutes in the game.
Chilton went nowhere on its final two possessions.
The Pirates turned the ball over on downs with about three minutes left and then with just seconds left, Berger sealed the win with his second interception of the night.
The state-bound Shiner Comanches have a new run-through sign thanks to the generosity of several local groups. The sign made its debut last Saturday in Round Rock as the Comanches defeated the Chilton Pirates.
In addition to Baer's 231 yards, Trey Curtis picked up 36 on nine carries and Dustin Mayberry had 44 on six carries. Baer's 31-yard pass to Bucky Boehm was Shiner's only completion in five tries.
Travis Landrum led Chilton with 162 yards on 19 carries. McCormick rushed for 13 yards, Josh Landrum eight and Simpson and Potts, one yard each. McCormick completed only 4-of-19 passes and threw three interceptions.
Each team had three punts with Shimek doing the better job with a 42.3 average.
"This was a good win for us but we have another tough one against Brackett this Saturday," said Coach Cerny.
"They are a good solid ball club and it will probably be our toughest challenge this year."
Brackett, which has been in Class 2A and made the playoffs several times, dropped down to 1A this year.
"They are basically a running team but are good at play fakes when you least expect it. We will have to be prepared for anything," concluded Cerny.
GAME STATISTICS: Chilton Shiner First Downs 11 12 Rushes-Yards 36-185 35-311 Passing Yards 50 31 Comp-Att-Int 4-19-3 1-5-0 Punts 3-34.7 3-42.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-2 Penalties-yds 4-30 5-45 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - Chilton, Travis Landrum 20-142, Josh Landrum 1-8, Justin McCormick 9-0, Corey Potts 4-4, Lamar Simpson 5-(-2). Shiner, Chris Baer 21-236, Trey Curtis 14-28, Dustin Mayberry 6-36. Passing - Chilton, McCormick 4-19-3-52. Shiner, Baer 1-2-0-32, Curtis 0-3-0-0. Receiving - Chilton, Simpson 1-11, Josh Landrum 2-36, Travis Landrum 1-3. Shiner, Bucky Boehm 1-32. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Chilton 0 0 7 0 -- 7 Shiner 7 7 0 10 -- 24 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Bucky Boehm 32 pass from Chris Baer (Scott Shimek kick), 5:48 Second Quarter S - Baer 8 run (Shimek kick), 11:30 Third Quarter C - Travis Landrum 43 run (Victor Flores kick), 6:25 Fourth Quarter S - Shimek 33 field goal, 9:22 S - Baer 78 run (Shimek kick), 3:52