If there were ever a doubt about what time of year it is, the weather and the Shiner Comanche football team eliminated doubt by both showing their strength on Thursday night in Three Rivers. With a Polar blast that kept a grip on South Texas last week, the Comanches started the playoffs strong by blanking the Corpus Christi London Pirates 63-0.
The Pirates received the opening kickoff and used 9 plays to drive down to the Comanche 41 yard line before the Comanche defense stopped them on 4th down. The Comanche offense then went on a 10 play, 58 yard scoring drive with Chad Neubauer scoring from 4 yards out. The extra point was good and the Comanches had a 7-0 lead with 4:12 left in the first quarter.
The Pirates took the ensuing kickoff but ran into a stout Comanche defense and on the second play of the drive, cornerback Justin Stovall intercepted a Pirate pass and returned the ball 47 yards to the Pirate 8 yard line. Two plays later Tyler Patek scored from 4 yards out. The extra point attempt was good and Shiner now led 14-0 with 3:16 left in the first quarter.
On the 3rd play of the Pirates next drive, Comanche defensive lineman Dillon Kalina recovered a Pirate fumble and returned the ball 13 yards. The Comanche offense was back in business at the Pirate 27 yard line when the first quarter of play ended with the Comanches leading 14-0.
On the first play of the second quarter, Chad Neubauer scored from 8 yards out. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches now held a 21-0 lead with 11:49 left in the second quarter.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, things didnít get any better as the Shiner defense forced the Pirates to punt on their next possession and the Comanche offense went to work at the Pirate 38 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Blake Michalec threw a short pass to Dadrian Taylor and Taylor did the rest by running through, around and away from the Pirate defense to score from 38 yards out. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches lead 28-0 with 8:37 left in the second quarter.
Once again the Comanche defense forced another turnover with cornerback Ty Boedeker intercepting a Pirate pass at the Pirate 44 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, receiver Justin Stovall took a reverse hand off and raced 44 yards for the touchdown. The extra point attempt was good and Shiner now led 35-0 with 7:15 left in the second quarter.
Forcing another Pirate punt, the Comanche offense took possession of the football at their own 48 yard line. With the second offensive unit on the field, the Comanche offense did not miss out on the opportunity to score. This time quarterback Brandon Cerny completed a beautiful over the shoulder pass to Caleb Oden for the score from 30 yards out. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches enjoyed a 42-0 lead with 1:59 left in the second quarter.
In an attempt to get some positive momentum going to the locker room at halftime, the Pirate offense went to the air again. This time Comanche defensive lineman Marcus Rodriquez detected a screen pass was about to be attempted. Rodriquez was correct and stepped in front of the intended receiver, intercepted the pass and raced 55 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was good and the Comanches went into halftime holding a 49-0 lead.
Coming out of the locker room for the third period of play, the Comanches received the opening kickoff and quickly marched 65 yards in 5 plays with reserve running back Justin Stein scoring from 3 yards out. The 2 point run by Charles Haynes gave the Comanches a 57-0 lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter of play.
With the reserves now taking charge of playing the third and fourth quarters, this group was intent on making sure they showed their abilities by forcing the Pirate offense to turn the ball over on downs late in the third quarter. The Comanches final scoring drive covered 58 yards with Charles Haynes scoring from 34 yards out. The 2 point run by reserve quarterback Dustin Petras failed, but the Comanches now held a commanding 63-0 lead.
The final period of play went by without either team scoring and the Comanches notched their 10th win of the year by defeating the Pirates 63-0. Head coach Steven Cerny was pleased with the play of the reserves and also with the relative health of his young squad while acknowledging that the Comanches next opponent will definitely test the Comanches on both sides of the ball.
The Comanches will now play the Mason Punchers in the next round of the playoffs. The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock.
GAME STATISTICS (from the Victoria Advocate Digital Edition)GAME SUMMARY: Class 2A, Division I, First Round (Bi-District) Playoff Shiner 63, C.C. London 0 Three Rivers Bulldog Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Corpus Christi London 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 14 35 14 0 -- 63 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Chad Neubauer 4 run (Neubauer kick), 4:12 S - Tyler Patek 4 run (Neubauer kick), 3:16 Second Quarter S - Neubauer 8 run (Neubauer kick), 11:49 S - Dadrian Taylor 38 pass from Blake Michalec (Neubauer kick), 8:37 S - Justin Stovall 44 run (Neubauer kick), 7:15 S - Caleb Oden 30 pass from Brandon Cerny (Austin Tousek kick), 1:59 S - Marcus Rodriquez 56 interception return (Tousek kick), 0:02 Third Quarter S - Justin Stein 3 run (Charles Haynes run), 8:45 S - Haynes 34 run (run failed), 0:56 Fourth Quarter no score TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner CC London First Downs 17 8 Yards Rushing 37-305 36-190 Yards Passing 68 10 Passes 4-2-2-0 11-2-0-3 Punts 0 34.0 Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2 Penalties-yards 3-25 8-44 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner, Blake Michalec 2-7, Chad Neubauer 7-46, Charles Haynes 10-127, Justin Stein 9-41, Justin Stovall 2-50, Tyler Patek 4-25, Caleb Oden 1-4, Dustin Petras 2-5. Corpus Christi London, George Aguilar 13-123, Chris Gray 2-9, Jake Voss 7-12, Matt Powell 8-29. Passing Shiner, Blake Michalec 2-1-38-0, Brandon Cerny 2-1-30-0. Corpus Christi London, Jake Voss 9-2-10-2, Receiving Shiner, Dadrian Taylor 1-38, Caleb Oden 1-30, ...