VICTORIA - Every person that squeezed into Victoria Memorial Stadium to witness the 2ADI Region IV championship game between Shiner and Refugio expected to see a good game.
Tyler Bishop and Jacob Werner combine to stop Refugio quarterback Kelan Brown. photo courtesy of Photos by Lori Raabe
What they likely did not expect to see was one team nearly completely dominate the other one.
Shiner junior running back Dalton Brooks ripped the Bobcat defense to shreds as he ran for a season-high 382 yards and six touchdowns while brother fullback Doug Brooks added 181 yards and two touchdowns as Shiner romped to 55-14 thrashing of Refugio before a standing-room-only crowd.
"We saw what they had on the defensive line and the coaches came up with a plan," Doug Brooks said. "The offensive line blocked their butts off for us (running backs).We passed early but then decided to just stick to our identity of running the ball."
"Running is what we do. It is our bread and butter," Dalton Brooks said. "Our offensive line told me they were going to make holes and I told them I was going to break through them."
The Comanches defensive performance was just as impressing as they held Refugio to just over 200 yards and two scores as well as getting an interception, forced several punts and stopped the 'Cats on a couple of fourth-down conversion attempts.
"We came into the game knowing it was going to be tough," defensive lineman AJ Patek said. "They ran a fast offense and we basically had to suck it up, get after them and play as hard as we could. We did well blitzing from the linebackers."
Shiner head coach Daniel Boedeker said his players got after and played a great game in all phases.
"Refugio is a good team who is very explosive on offense but I felt our defense played very well tonight and we made some big plays on offense," he said. "The offensive line did an outstanding job of battling against their defensive line. Refugio is very good on both sides of the ball and has been all year. Our kids really stepped up to the challenge."
The Brooks brothers were the unquestionable leaders for Shiner in the game.
"The bigger the game, the bigger those two play," Boedeker said. "They put in an amazing effort tonight."
Dalton Brooks led the Shiner offense against Refugio with 382 yards and six touchdowns. photo courtesy of Tommy Linn.
The teams traded several parts to start the game until a Tyler Bishop got an interception to set up Shiner at the Refugio 8. Doug Brooks had a 2-yard gain to the 6 and Dalton Brooks capped the drive two plays with a 2-yard run for a 7-0 Shiner lead.
Shiner's next drive started at their own 13 -Dalton Brooks had a 20-yard run and Doug Brooks then had a 62-yard rush all the way to the 'Cat 5; Dalton Brooks scored from the 2 again, two plays later for a 13-0 lead.
Refugio took advantage of a couple of Shiner penalties and a 21-yard run by Eziyah Brown to get an offensive spark and Brown later scored from the 4 to get Refugio within 13-67 several seconds into the second period.
Shiner answered quickly on a two-play 75-yard drive; Dalton Brooks was the ball carrier on both plays and h ad a 71-yard run to put Shiner up 19-7 after the PAT was missed.
The Comanches stopped a fourth-down attempt by the 'Cats inside the 15 and Dalton Brooks went to the house on an 83-yard run to push up the lead to 27-7 after a two-point conversion run by Doug Brooks.
Shiner got another fourth-down stop with a quarterback sack near the 50. Doug Brooks ripped off a 41-yard run and Dalton Brooks brought two additional points for a 35-7 lead that would hold after Shiner held Refugio near the end of the half after a minor miscue in the punting department.
The 'Cats reached the Comanche 42 on the first possession of the third quarter but Shiner's defense held again and Doug Brooks capped a six-play, 58-yard drive with a 3-yard run with 6:57 left in the period for a 42-7 lead.
The Comanches added another score as Dalton Brooks scored on a 12-yard run to finish a six-play, 86-yard drive in which Doug Brooks had three carries for 62 yards.Early in the fourth quarter, Dalton had his longest run and scoring run of the game as he raced 87 yards for a touchdown and 55-7 lead at the 11:03 mark.
Refugio got its second score on a 5-yard run by Brown with 1:03 left in the game.
GAME STATISTICSShiner 55, Refugio 14 2A-DI Region 4 Final (State Quarterfinal) Playoff Game Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Memorial Stadium, Victoria SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 13 22 13 7 -- 55 Refugio 0 7 0 7 -- 14 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 2 run (Ryan Peterson kick), 4:23 1Q. S - Dalton Brooks 2 run (kick failed), 0:57 1Q. Second Quarter R - Eziyah Bland 4 run (Alexander Placenia kick), 11:54 2Q. S - Dalton Brooks 71 run (kick failed), 11:00 2Q. S - Dalton Brooks 83 run (Doug Brooks run), 7:46 2Q. S - Doug Brooks 41 run (Dalton Brooks run), 4:29 2Q. Third Quarter S - Doug Brooks 3 run (Peterson kick), 6:57 3Q. S - Dalton Brooks 12 run (kick failed), 1:24 3Q. Fourth Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 87 run (Peterson kick), 11:03 4Q. R - Bland 5 run (Placenia kick), 1:03 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Refugio First downs 18 16 Rushes-yards 41-584 46-143 Passing yards 0 64 Passes 0-2 7-19-1 Penalties-yards 7-55 10-80 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0 Punts-aver 4-27.5 5-46.4 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing S: Dalton Brooks 22-382, Doug Brooks 9-181, Beck Bishop 6-21, Carson Schuette 2-3, Drew Wenske 1-(-1), Trace Bishop 1-(-2). R: Eziyah Bland 19-113, Ernest Cambell 3-34, Jordan Kelley 6-29, Jason Moore 2-22, Jordan King 6-6, Kaleb Brown 1-6, Dezmon Brown 1-1, Antwaan Gross 1-(-2), Caleb Hesseltine 3-(-20), Kelan Brown 4-(-46). Passing S: Wenske 0-2-0-0. R: Hesseltine 5-9-0-59, Kelan Brown 2-10-1-5. Receiving R: Ty LaGrance 2-18, Gross 2-10, Moore 2-2, Campbell 1-34.
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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