With the theme being “Celebrate” for Friday’s football game between the Flatonia Bulldogs and the Shiner Comanches, the current Comanche football team made sure every Shiner fan went home happy. With the celebration of Parent’s night, the celebration of 50 years of the opening of Comanche Stadium and the first team of Comanche football players to play there, it would have been very easy for the Comanches to not focus on the business at hand.
With the Bulldogs receiving the opening kickoff, the Comanche defense sent a message early by holding the Bulldogs to a 3 plays and punt drive. The Comanche offense took over at their own 18 yard line and used 5 plays to cover 82 yards with Tyler Patek rushing the final 7 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches led 7-0 with 8:41 left in the first quarter.
The Comanche defense held the Bulldogs to a 3 play and punt drive again and the Comanche struck quickly again, using a 2 play drive capped when quarterback Blake Michalec threw a 61 yard touchdown pass to Dadrian Taylor. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches now led 14-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
Not to be taken lightly, the Bulldog offense got things on track and used 5 plays to cover 82 yards with Omar Castillo rushing the final 4 yards for the score. The extra point was good and the Comanche’s lead was cut to 14-7 with 3:46 to go. The first quarter of play would end with the score Shiner 14 Flatonia 7.
Starting the second quarter, the Bulldog defense held the Comanche offense on 4th down and took over on their own 29 yard line. Using a 10 play drive the Bulldogs advanced all the way down to the Comanche 7 yard line, where the Comanche defense stiffened forcing Bulldog kicker Jose Manzano to kick a 24 yard field goal with 6:57 left in the second quarter. The Comanche lead was now narrowed to 14-10.
Following a good kickoff return by the Comanche’s Ty Boedeker, the Comanche offense started at their own 48 yard line. Using 6 plays the Comanche offense answered the score of the Bulldogs with Tyler Patek rushing 19 yards for the touchdown. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches increased their lead to 21-10 with 3:52 left in the second quarter. The score would remain this way going into halftime.
After halftime adjustments were made by both teams, the Comanche offense left little doubt about their intentions, taking the second half kickoff and using 6 plays to cover 55 yards with Chad Neubauer running 2 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches now led 28-10 with 8:55 left in the third quarter.
The Comanche defense now took over as Comanche cornerback Ty Boedeker intercepted a Bulldog pass and the Comanche offense took over at the Bulldog 48 yard line. Using a methodical 11 play drive the Comanches scored again with Tyler Patek running 5 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches now lead 35-10 with 3:37 left in the third quarter.
The Comanche defense again held the Bulldogs to a 3 play and punt drive and the Comanche offense took over at the Bulldog 43 yard line starting the fourth quarter of play. Using a 6 play drive running back Charles Haynes ran in from 6 yards out. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches now held a comfortable 42-10 lead with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs did score one more time with quarterback Blaine Bezetzny passing 18 yards to Gus Venegas for a touchdown with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter. The extra point attempt was good. The Comanches ran out the clock and the final score ended with the Comanches winning 42-17 securing their 9th win of the season.
In garnering their 9th win of the season, the Comanches used a bruising ground game rushing for 353 yards on 43 carries. They also passed the ball for another 100 yards. Led by their mentor, defensive coordinator Billy Turek, the defensive unit allowed the Bulldog offense just 91 yards on the ground and 148 through the air while holding the Bulldog offense to just 7 points in the second half of the contest.
The Comanches now head into the playoffs with their first game against C.C. London. The game will be played Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 pm in Three Rivers.
If you have not done so yet, it is time to order you playoff shirts, get your winter clothes together and get ready to support the Comanches on their 2014 playoff run. See you in Three Rivers Thursday night!
GAME STATISTICS (from the Victoria Advocate Digital Edition)GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 42, Flatonia 17 Shiner Comanche Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Flatonia 7 3 0 7 -- 17 Shiner 14 7 14 7 -- 42 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S: Tyler Patek 7 run (Chad Neubauer kick), 8:42 S: Dadrian Taylor 61 pass from Blake Michalec (Neubauer kick), 5:52 F: Omar Castillo 4 run (Jose Manzano kick), 3:46 Second Quarter F: Manzano 24 field goal, 6:57 S: Patek 19 run (Neubauer kick), 3:52 Third Quarter S: Neubauer 2 run (Neubauer kick), 8:55 S: Patek 5 run (Neubauer kick), 3:28 Fourth Quarter S: Charles Haynes 6 run (Austin Tousek kick), 10:39 F: Gus Venegas 18 pass from Blaine Besetzney (Manzano kick), 2:02 TEAM STATISTICS: Flatonia Shiner First Downs 11 21 Yards Rushing 33-91 43-353 Yards Passing 148 100 Passes 13-7-1-1 7-4-1-0 Punts 35.75 0 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 2-10 4-44 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Flatonia: Gus Venegas 2-(-1), Blaine Besetzny 3-9, Casen Novak 2-2, Matthew Kozelsky 12-52, Omar Castillo 13-27, San Juan Ramirez 1-2. Shiner: Blake Michalec 3-9, Brandon Cerny 1-1, Chad Neubauer 15-115, Charles Haynes 4-37, Dadrian Taylor 1-21, Justin Stein 2-1, Justin Stovall 2-24, Tyler Patek 15-145. Passing Flatonia: Blaine Besetzny 1-1-16-0, Casen Novak 12-6-130-1. Shiner: Blake Michalec 7-4-100-0. Receiving Flatonia: Gus Venegas 5-90, Matthew Kozelsky 2-58. Shiner: Chad Neubauer 1-19, Dadrian Taylor 3-81.