The Bloomington Bobcats presented several gifts to the Shiner defense, that in turn, became scoring opportunities for the Comanche offense.
Senior Drew Wenske secures a 13-yard pass from Ryan Peterson for a touchdown in the first quarter photo courtesy of Lori Raabe/Photos by Lori Raabe
Shiner was more than happy to take advantage of seven Bloomington first-half turnovers and Shiner scored 33 points from the takeaways in a 62-14 win Friday night ( September 30, 2022 ) at Comanche Stadium.
Bloomington turned the ball over via a fumble or interception on their first four drives.
Sophomore defensive back Carson Schuette got two of the five interceptions.
"Our defensive line played great. They got to the quarterback quickly, allowing the secondary to keep up with the receivers and get picks," he said.
"We had some big fumble recoveries but the interceptions were impressive because of the way the defensive backs played the ball. They had good coverage and really fought for the ball," Comanches head coach Daniel Boedeker said.
Trace Bishop led the Shiner offense with 128 yards and three touchdowns; Brooks ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Caleb Lehnert added a 74-yard run and finished with 104 yards. Peterson had a touchdown pass to Drew Wenske and Schuette scored Shiner's lone touchdown of the second half.
"It all starts with the offensive line and they always do an incredible job. If you are given a huge, open hole and you cannot take it, that's on you," Bishop said.
The first four Bloomington turnovers in the first quarter were Schuette's first interception, linebacker Hunter Knight recovering a fumble, lineman Bryce Nerada getting a loose ball and an interception by Brooks.
The four touchdowns scored were Brooks running for 3 and 16 yards, Peterson's touchdown pass of 13 to Wenske and a 14-yard run by Bishop to put Shiner up 27-0.
Bloomington did not turn the ball over on its fifth drive but incomplete passes and negative-yard plays pinned them at their own 9 and they punted to their own 39. The Bobcats stopped Shiner on fourth down but turned the ball over for the fifth time as Peterson got an interception.
Shiner gained 20 yards on the first play on a rush but fumbled and lost the ball.
Bloomington was unable to get out of the shadow of its own end zone and faced a 4th-and-20 at its 10. And needing to get something going, attempted to convert the fourth down but failed on an incomplete pass. Shiner scored in two plays, both runs by Brooks and he scored for the third time on 4-yard run.
Schuette grabbed his second pick near his own 40 and Bishop raced through the defense on a 60-yard run to make the 'Cats pay yet again for a turnover.
Shiner defense forced a punt and Lehnert zipped 74 yards for another score on the first play. The Comanches defense repeated the feat and it was Bishop benefiting with a 51-yard touchdown run with 7:38 left in the half for a 54-0 lead. The 'Cats got good starting position at the Shiner 47 and scored in four plays, a 31-yard pass from Samuel Beraza to Sean Darby with the duo combining for the twopoint conversion.
Shiner had a scary moment on special teams as punter Oswald San Martin had to pick up a boggled snap and was able to avoid pressure and get a 33-yard punt away.
Bloomington got all the way down to the Shiner 11 but an interception by Rankin Wallace killed the drive and effectively ended the half.
The entire second half was a running clock and Shiner took the secondhalf kickoff to its 25 and used nearly the whole quarter to run 11 plays, ending with Schuette's 1-yard run and a 62-8 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to Bloomington who drove 90 yards in a 17 plays and scored on a two-yard run by Jesus Zuniga to close out scoring.
The win marked the Comanches 17th straight district win.
"We have a strong tradition of winning in Shiner and I am really excited about that," Bishop said.
GAME STATISTICSShiner 62, Bloomington 7 Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Bloomington 0 8 0 6 -- 14 Shiner 27 27 8 0 -- 62 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 3 run (Ryan Peterson kick), 8:45 1Q. S - Brooks 16 run (Peterson kick), 7:51 1Q. S - Drew Wenske 13 pass from Peterson (Peterson kick), 7:02 1Q. S - Trace Bishop 14 run (run failed), 7:02 1Q. Second Quarter S - Brooks 4 run (Angel San Martin kick), 10:56 2Q. S - Bishop 60 run (kick blocked), 10:32 2Q. S - Caleb Lehnert 74 run (Oswaldo San Martin kick), 8:40 2Q. S - Bishop 51 run (Oswaldo San Martin kick), 7:38 2Q. B - Sean Darby 31 pass from Samuel Beraza (Darby pass from Beraza), 6:23 2Q. Third Quarter S - Carson Schuette 1 run (Drake Cerny run), 3:44 3Q. Fourth Quarter B - Jesus Zuniga 2 run (pass failed), 3:12 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Bloomington First downs 14 17 Rushes-yards 16-5 30-361 Passing yards 167 24 Passes 19-41-5 3-6 Penalties-yards 7-60 6-50 Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1 Punts-aver 3-32.6 1-33.0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing B: Cebron Taylor 2-31, Jesus Zuniga 8-24, Amari Gardner 1-4, Samuel Beraza 5-(-54). S: Trace Bishop 4-128, Caleb Lehnert 6-104, Dalton Brooks 10-91, DrakeCerny 3-20, Rankin Wallace 4-15, Ryan Peterson 2-2, Carson Schuette 1-1. Passing B: Beraza 19-41-5-167. S: Peterson 3-5-0-24, Schuette 0-1-0-0. Receiving B: Taylor 6-41, Sean Darby 5-65, Zuniga 5-52, Martin Cantu 2-7, Garnder 1-2. S: Drew Wenske 2-15, Bishop 1-9.
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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