Shiner ran over Brazos 39-7 Friday night ( November 9, 2018 ) at Comanche Stadium to go undefeated in district and claim the title, their first district championship since 2015.
Donyai Taylor takes off after taking a handoff from Tyler Mikes while Michael Rodriguez (71) and Doug Brooks (1) provide blocks.
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all photos by Mark Lube
“That was our goal from the getgo,” Comanches head coach Steven Cerny said. “They proved themselves all year long and got ready for this district, and did a great job.”
The Comanches rushed for over 500 yards, led by Donyai Taylor (176) and Doug Brooks (170).
“We felt that would be our strength because the Cougars are not all that big up front and like to move around a lot. Our offensive line did a great job tonight,” Cerny said.
Shiner put together some pretty long drives which the time of those drives was influenced by the slightly-more- than-normal penalties. Shiner was flagged 14 times for 110 yards.
“It was more than I’ve ever seen,” Cerny noted. “We will watch film and try to see what was going on.”
Brazos gained under 150 yards, earned just seven first downs and got one touchdown. District opponents have had a tough time finding the end zone against Shiner as the Comanches defense has given up just three touchdowns, with the opposing teams only scoring one each (Kenedy was shut out).
“Brazos just hit us quick (with passes) and that put a bad taste in our mouth but we will learn from it,” he said.
Fullback Collin Bujnoch searches for an open receiver on a halfback pass during the second quarter against Brazos.
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Shiner returned the opening kickoff to its 37 and two runs for 11 yards plus a 15-yard penalty moved the ball to the 33. Taylor then had a 12-yard run for a first down and later had a 21-yard gain from the Shiner 47 to the Cougar 32, and a penalty on Brazos moved the ball down to the 27. A few plays later, Taylor scored from the 17 and Shiner led 7-0.
Brazos lost three yards on its first drive but pinned Shiner at the Comanche 2. Shiner alternated carries with Taylor and Brooks until they got to the Brazos 45 and Zane Rhodes had a 7-yard rush. Later, Taylor scored from the 25 and it was 14-0 for Shiner.
On the first play of the following drive, Brazos had a pass go for 15 yards and crossed the 50 to the Shiner 49 a few plays later but stalled and gave Shiner good position with a 9-yard punt to the Shiner 40.
The Comanches then used 14 plays and over seven minutes of the clock to score again with quarterback Tyler Mikes capping the drive with a 1-yard run at the 4:13 mark of the second quarter for a 21-0 advantage.
Brazos punted again and Shiner got on the board with a 67-yard drive as Mikes had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Taylor with 48 seconds left in the half to take a 27-0 lead after the extra point was no good.
Shiner got the ball back as Taylor got an interception and got it to the Brazos 32 with just 24 seconds. Shiner later faced a 2-and-15 at the 37 and Mikes scrambled for 17 yards to the 20. Two plays later, Mikes had a 20- yard pass to Taylor with no time left on the clock for a 33-0 Shiner halftime lead.
Brazos started the second half at its 15 but completed four passes in a row and a couple of plays later, struck paydirt on a 33-yard pass from Luke Demny to Jaylin Vela to come within 33-7.
Shiner put one more score up on the board with a 69-yard, 12-play drive that used roughly five minutes. The drive slowed down in the latter stages as the Comanches were hit with some more flags but finished things with a 20-yard pass from Mikes to Cole Patek with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
Shiner had another long drive that started at its 40 with 2:31 to play in the third and eventually got to a fourth down at the Brazos 21. Shiner had 30 yards in penalties in the process and to dump more rain on the parade, missed the fourth-down conversion.
Brazos could not move out of its side of the field and punted back to Shiner who then ran out the clock under the guidance of backup quarterback Devin Lehnert who moved to under center from receiver partway through the previous drive.
Shiner ends the regular season at 9-1 (4-0) and will play Santa Maria in the bi-district round at 7 this evening ( Thursday, November 15, 2018 ) in Sinton. The two teams met in last year’s bi-district game with the Comanches taking a 61-0 victory.
GAME STATISTICSShiner 39, Wallis Brazos 7 November 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Wallis Brazos 0 0 7 0 -- 7 Shiner 14 19 6 0 -- 39 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Donyai Taylor 17 run (Cross Rankin kick), 7:51 1Q. S - Taylor 25 run (Rankin kick), 0:57 1Q. Second Quarter S - Tyler Mikes 1 run (Rankin kick), 4:18 2Q. S - Taylor 24 pass from Mikes (kick failed), 0:48 2Q. S - Taylor 20 pass from Mikes (kick failed), 0:00 2Q. Third Quarter WB - Jaylin Vela 33 pass from Luke Demny (Lincoln Reyes kick), 9:49 3Q. S - Cole Patek 20 pass from Mikes (kick failed), 4:38 3Q. Fourth Quarter no score. TEAM STATISTICS: Wallis Brazos Shiner First downs 7 34 Rushes-yards 11-12 49-513 Passing yards 120 64 Passes 9-17-1 3-8 Penalties-yards 4-16 14-110 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0 Punts-aver 5-31.6 0-0.0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing WB: Brandon Maldando 3-9, Luke Demny 2-3, Jaeden Ward 3-0, Malcolm Toles 2-0, Jaylin Vela 1-0. S: Donyai Taylor 18-176, Doug Brooks 20-170, Zane Rhodes 10-82, Trevor Haynes 7-36, Tyler Mikes 4-26, Devin Lehnert 4-15, Collin Bujnoch 2-10, Team 2-(-2). Passing WB: Demny 8-16-1-114, Vela 1-1-0-6. S: Mikes 3-6-0-64, Lehnert 0-1-0-0, Bujnoch 0-1-0-0. Receiving WB: Vela 4-61, Kolton Marek 2-28, Mikey Gonzalez 2-20, Jared Demny 1-11. S: Taylor 2-44, Cole Patek 1-20.
|Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org|