ARLINGTON - The Shiner Comanches created some school history last week.
The 2021 Shiner Comanches football team gather for a team photo following their 47-12 win over Hawley on December 15, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in the UIL 2A-DI state championship game. The Comanches (16-0) are state champions for the second straight season and have won back-to-back football state championships for the first time in school history. all photos by Mark Lube
The Comanches scored 35 unanswered second-half points, were led offensively in the last game that the Brooks brothers, Doug and Dalton, will play together in high-school football and got three interceptions in a 47-12 win over Hawley on Dec. 15 at the UIL 2A-DI state game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
For the first time in school history, the Comanches have won a football state championship in back-to-back seasons; they beat Post in last year's game.
"It took a lot of hard work and effort to get back to back state titles," senior tight endlinebacker Eli Fric said.
"It feels great. I played for our seniors as I have one year left," junior running back & defensive back Dalton Brooks said. "The way the seniors go out depended on what we do as a team. We played hard every game and came out state champs."
"It's amazing. I cannot tell these guys enough how proud I am to be their coach," Comanches head coach Daniel Boedeker said. The effort they give us every day -practice, games, in the classroom. Just excellent people, great athletes. Very proud of their effort today."
Doug Brooks led Shiner in rushing in his last game as a Comanche with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Dalton Brooks totaled 194 yards and three touchdowns.
"We trusted our line to open up holes," Doug Brooks said.
"We had to run hard and physical. We had to get the small runs before we could get the big runs," Dalton Brooks said.
AJ Patek gets Hawley quarterback Rodney Looper out of a comfortable position while Tyler Bishop is on the way to join the party. all photos by Mark Lube
Quarterback Drew Wenske was 6-of-7 passing for 110 yards, touchdown and interception. Dalton Brooks had three catches for 63 yards and Tyler Bishop had a 22-yard reception.
Shiner held Hawley to under 200 yards of offense and two scores.
"We knew Hawley was going to give us a battle.They beat some good teams in the playoffs," Boedeker said. "They are well coached and we anticipated some of the things we had trouble with them early. Give our guys credit for hanging in there and making adjustments."
The Bearcats receivers were able to get mismatches and made catches in the first half despite the Shiner defensive backs being right there with them.
"We switched our secondary to man under and 2-deep over the top, and get some pressure on the quarterback. It paid off," Boedeker said.
Shiner opened the contest with a 59-yard, seven-play drive go up 7-0. Dalton Brooks had a 45-yard rush to the Hawley 14 and later had a 7-yard catch to convert a third down. He capped the drive with a 3-yard run at the 8:13 mark.
The Bearcats were slightly hampered with two false start penalties and ended up punting and recovered a fumble on the next possession.
That turnover setup a 49-yard run by Diontay Ramon for the score and the extra point was blocked to keep Shiner ahead 7-6.
The Comanches responded with a 76-yard drive with the Brooks carrying the team with their rushing once more and the drive finished with an 11-yard run by Dalton Brooks for a 14-6 lead.
Hawley made some plays through the air on the next drive and scored on a 4-yard pass from Rodney Looper to Will Scott; the two-point play failed and Shiner was ahead 14-12 with 8:24 left in the half.
The teams traded turnover on downs; Shiner lost a fumble and Hawley punted to the Shiner 47. The Comanches went ahead 21-12 on a 28-yard run by Doug Brooks.
Shiner got its first interception on the opening drive of the second half as Ryan Peterson picked off Looper and the Comanches had the ball at the Hawley 33 and went 10 plays to score on a 10-yard run by Dalton Brooks.
On the next drive, Dalton Brooks got an interception to set up Shiner at its 22. A 47-yard run by Doug Brooks got the Comanches to the Hawley 40 and the Bearcat defense picked off Wenske inside the Hawley 10.
Fric then got Shiner's third interception and the 22-yard ensuing drive was capped by a 1-yard run by Doug Brooks for a 34-12 lead with 11:11 left to play.
The Comanches went up 40-12 after stopping Hawley at their own 25 and Wenske had a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Bishop.
On Shiner's next possession, that started at the Shiner 8, Doug Brooks ripped off a 79-yard run during which he stiffed armed or otherwise got rid of defenders until being brought down at the Hawley 8. The Comanches wrapped up scoring with a 7-yard run by senior Makylin Burchell with 3:12 left in the game.
Senior running back Doug Brooks (center) was named Offensive MVP of the 2A-DI state title game. He rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns for the Comanches.
Senior linebacker Eli Fric (center) was named Defensive MVP of the 2A-DI state title game. He had one of Shiner's third-quarter interceptions.
Doug Brooks (16-210 rushing, two touchdowns, 1 catch for 11 yards) was named Offensive MVP and fellow senior Eli Fric (1 interception, 5 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss) was chosen Defensive MVP.
Dalton Brooks, who won the 2020 state game offensive MVP, said he was trying to help his brother win the award.
BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FIRST TIME IN FOOTBALL
As stated earlier in the story, the Comanches have posted back-to-back state championships in football for the first time in school history. Shiner's other titles came in 2020, 2004 and 1986.
COMANCHES ON 30-GAME WIN STREAK
The win now gives Shiner 30 wins in a row, dating back to the start of last season. Shiner's last defeat was in 2019 at the hands of eventual 2ADI champion Refugio. Boedeker is 42-1 after three full seasons at the helm.
"It's amazing. You get into the grind of things and you don't really look at winning streaks but then you sit back and look at what these kids and coaches were able to accomplish. I cannot be grateful enough for the players, coaches and community. It is a group effort to be able to do something like this," Boedeker said.
SENIORS END CAREER WITH SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE GAME
The Comanche seniors Doug Brooks, Fric, Bryce Filip, Landon Watson, Jace Moeller, Tyler Bishop, Jacob Spann, Burchell, Hunter Nevlud, Patek and Willy Egan end their career in superb fashion.
"It is amazing with all of the hard work me and my brothers put in," Patek said. "How far we have come and it's just a great way to go out."
"There will be a lot of things I miss about the seniors," Boedeker said. "I will especially miss their work ethic. There was not one practice where I had to get on the seniors about having to do things better; they did that all on their own."
GAME STATISTICSShiner 47, Hawley 12 2A-DI State Championship Game Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m. AT&T Stadium, Arlington SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Hawley 6 6 0 0 -- 12 Shiner 7 14 7 19 -- 47 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 3 run (Ryan Peterson kick), 8:13 1Q. H - Diontay Ramon 49 run (kick blocked), 2:01 1Q. Second Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 11 run (Peterson kick), 10:07 2Q. H - Will Scott 4 pass from Rodney Hooper (pass failed), 8:24 2Q. S - Doug Brooks 28 run (Peterson kick), 0:34 2Q. Third Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 10 run (Peterson kick), 7:11 3Q. Fourth Quarter S - Doug Brooks 1 run (kick blocked), 11:11 4Q. S - Tyler Bishop 22 pass from Drew Wenske (kick failed), 7:52 4Q. S - Makylin Burchell 7 run (Peterson kick), 3:12 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Hawley Shiner First downs 7 22 Yards rushing 15-36 52-421 Yards passing 129 110 Passes 13-25-3 6-7-1 Punts 4-46.5 0-0.0 Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2 Penalty-yards 9-52 7-68 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing H: Diontay Ramons 10-50, Lawson Bailey 2-5, Kason O'Shields 1-(-1), Will Scott 1-(-5), Westyn Bach 1-(-13). S: Doug Brooks 16-210, Dalton Brooks 32-194, Drew Wenske 3-10, Makylin Burchell 1-7. Passing H: Rodney Hooper 13-25-3-129. S: Wenske 6-7-1-110. Receiving H: Aeneas Segura 5-50, Chandlin Meyers 3-50, Will Scott 3-14, O'Shields 2-15. S: Dalton Brooks 3-63, Tyler Bishop 2-22, Doug Brooks 1-11.
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
Contact him at 361-594-3346 or email@example.com