Last Friday night ( September 9, 2022 ), after Dalton Brooks scored a touchdown with just 10 seconds left to get Shiner within 21-20 of Poth pre-extra point, the Shiner coaches had a decision to make.
Bryce Nerada (58) and Trace Bishop (5) block for Dalton Brooks. Brooks had both the late fourth-quarter touchdown and the ensuing two-point conversion play to get Shiner past Poth. photo courtesy of Lori Raabe/Photos by Lori Raabe
Kick the extra point and likely force overtime or try the risky two-point conversion that would put them ahead with just a few seconds left.
The coaches gambled and it paid off.
Quarterback Ryan Peterson pitched to Brooks on the conversion attempt. Very shortly after taking the pitch, Brooks was hounded by a Poth defender and a second later, surrounded by more defenders, several yards shy of the goal line. He looked to be firmly in their grasp but broke free and reversed fields and raced into the end zone for the eventually game-winning conversion play.
"Run, run, run. That is all I was thinking," Brooks said. "Don't let them grab you. I just kept running backwards, turned it around and turned the juice on, and hope something happened for me."
He lauded the way his teammates and he never gave up the fight.
"After Beck (Bishop) went down, we did not stop; we kept battling and made things happen," Brooks said.
"Our kids battled their tail off tonight. We were going to go for the win. We got in for the touchdown at the end of the game and decided to go for two. We knew we wanted the ball in Dalton's hands and what a tremendous play he made," Comanches head coach Daniel Boedeker.
The Comanches had three total turnovers, including two that helped Poth rally from a 14-7 deficit.
Poth took the second half kickoff and drove down inside the Shiner 5, using the running of quarterback Zane Raabe and running back Matthew Bunn. Poth found themselves at 4th-and-goal from the 4; Raabe's pass fell incomplete and Shiner took over.
The Comanches moved the ball to their 20 and Peterson hit receiver Drew Wenske on a deep ball for 63 yards to the Pirate 17. Two plays later, Poth recovered a fumble at the 7 and Bunn had a 40-yard run and finished the drive with a 3-yard run with 9:05 left in the game. Poth went for two and a trick play saw Gabriel Silansky toss widereceiver pass to Raabe to put Poth up 15-14.
Things appeared to get worse for Shiner as Poth came up with another fumble on the following drive at the Shiner 33 and took four plays to score, a 16-yard run by Bunn. However, Poth missed the point after and the score was 21-14 with a little over five minutes left in the game.
Shiner started the do-or-die drive at its 30 and Peterson hit Jordan Harrison on a 15-yard pass to start things off. The Comanches later had a 4th-and-1 play at the Pirate 33. A crucial 1-yard gain by Brooks kept Shiner's chances alive. Trace Bishop later had a 3-yard gain to the 14 of Poth and a personal foul gave the Comanches further progress to the Poth 7 where Brooks scored on a fullback dive a few plays later.
After forcing Shiner to punt on the opening kickoff, Poth drove 75 yards in 17 plays and most of the first quarter as the drive ate away over eight and half minutes. Raabe had a 2-yard run to give Poth a 7-0 lead. Shiner then had a long drive of 12 plays, 70 yards in almost eight minutes, capping it with a 19-yard run by Peterson to tie the game at 7-7.
After forcing Poth to punt to the Shiner 27, the Comanches scored in three plays - Brooks took a handoff and went inside, appearing to get lost among a host of defenders but freed himself and raced 63 yards for a touchdown to put Shiner up 14-7 with just over two minutes until halftime.
GAME STATISTICSShiner 22, Poth 21 Friday, September 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Poth 7 0 0 14 -- 21 Shiner 0 14 0 8 -- 22 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter P - Zane Raabe 2 run (Seth Dryzymala kick), 1:33 1Q. Second Quarter S - Ryan Peterson 19 run (Peterson kick), 6:55 2Q. S - Dalton Brooks 63 run (Peterson kick), 2:14 2Q. Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter P - Matthew Bunn 3 run (Raabe pass from Gabriel Silansky), 9:05 4Q. P - Bunn 16 run (kick failed), 5:26 4Q. S - Brooks 1 run (Brooks run), 0:10 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Poth Shiner First downs 17 15 Rushes-yards 41-246 37-253 Passing yards 30 92 Passes 6-15 4-8-1 Penalties-yards 4-22 6-45 Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-2 Punts-aver 2-38.5 1-40.0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing P: Matthew Bunn 20-145, Zane Raabe 14-68, Gabriel Silansky 4-28, Rowan Macias 2-11, Seth Dryzymala 1-(-6). S: Dalton Brooks 21-199, Ryan Peterson 8-34, Trace Bishop 4-7, Drew Wenske 1-7, Beck Bishop 3-6. Passing P: Raabe 6-14-0-30, Bunne 0-1-0-0. S: Peterson 4-8-1-92. Receiving P: Silansky 2-16, Dryzymala 2-14, Bunn 1-0, Nathan Guevara 1-0. S: Wenske 1-63, Jordan Harrison 1-16, Brooks 1-8, Trace Bishop 1-5.
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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