HUTTO - For the second straight playoff game, a quick start and 40-point first half paid dividends for the Shiner Comanches.
Ryan Peterson throws a tough block against a defender during the playoff game vs. Mason. all photos by Mark Lube, Shiner Gazette
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Led by four rushing touchdowns from senior Dalton Brooks, Shiner scored four times in the first quarter and twice more in the second frame on the way to a 47-21 area-round win against Mason Friday night [ November 18, 2022 ] at Hutto Memorial Stadium.
Brooks only had nine carries for 217 yards while Trace Bishop rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown, and Beck Bishop gaining 32 yards and one touchdown.
"I think we came out of the locker room with fire and put up two touchdowns quickly in the first quarter, playing with so much intensity and adrenaline," offensive-defensive lineman Bryce Nerada said. "It's a good feeling when you start pounding people at the start of a game."
"They know that each game gets bigger and bigger," Shiner head coach Daniel Boedeker said. "The practice habits have been outstanding and it is nice to see that translate on the field."
The Comanches also did well on the defensive, shutting down the Punchers in the first half and ran an interception back for a touchdown. Although Mason snuck in a couple of offensive and one special-team scores in the second half, they never were able to close the gap significantly.
"We played really good defense against a good Mason offense," Boedeker said. "They do a lot of different things and are physical. As the games get bigger, we have to be playing more physical and play faster. We are starting to see that we play better each week."
Shiner went up 14-0 in less than three minutes into the game. The Comanches took the opening kickoff to their own 39 and got a false start on their first play. Brooks gained the penalty back with a 5-yard run and then scored on a 61-yard run with 11:06 left in the opening quarter.
Shiner forced a punt from the Punchers on their first drive and scored on a 56-yard run by Brooks on the first play of the drive.
Mason got a long-kickoff return to the Shiner 38 and got a first down via its run game but later quarterback Ivan Wofford was picked off by Drew Wenske around the Shiner 26 and Wenske took the pass the other way, all the way. Wenske nearly had two more interceptions later in the game. Brooks and Carson Schuette also had an interception.
Dalton Brooks follows the blocks of teammates during Shiner's playoff game vs. Mason.
Shiner caught their own break on special teams when Mason had a short 14-yard punt to their own 35. A few plays later, Brooks scored from the 28 and Shiner was up 28-0 with just a couple of minutes left in the first quarter.
Brooks was not done scoring yet - after another Shiner defensive stop, Brooks scored from the 35 with eight minutes left until halftime.
Mason turned it over on downs on the next drive and Shiner capitalized. Beck Bishop had runs of 12 and 11 yards. Quarterback Ryan Peterson had a 6-yard run on an option play down to the Puncher 11 and, following a 10-yard rush by Trace Bishop, Beck Bishop scored from the 1 and Shiner led 41-0 after a missed PAT.
The Punchers drove the ball down the field on the next drive through the air before Schuette killed any chance of some Mason halftime momentum by intercepting a pass in the end zone.
Mason started the second half in a similar way that they ended the first half with. Brooks picked off Wofford on Mason's first play from scrimmage. The Comanches punted on the next drive but the Punchers turned it over on downs at their own 26.
After a Trace Bishop run of 17 yards, Peterson had to get on top of a fumbled snap back at the 30. Shiner simply batted an eyelash at the situation and went back to work with a 28-yard rush by Trace Bishop to the 2 and he scored from the 1 two plays later to give Shiner a 47-0 lead.
The tide seemed to turn a little for Mason - Sutten Silerio scored on a 35-yard run on the next drive; the Mason defense forced a punt which they got a piece of and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown before Silerio scored on an 18-yard run with just over nine minutes left in the game.
Shiner's second-string offense dug out a drive with moderate gains on the ground to run out the remaining time.
"Any game experience is big, especially in the playoffs," Boedeker said about the reserves finishing off the game with sustained drive. "When you are going against a real quality team like Mason, then those guys realize what it is about and it will help them in the long run. Our approach is to have those guys ready from the get-go in case they get their name called out for the first play."
GAME STATISTICSShiner 47, Mason 21 Class 2A, Division 1 Area Playoff Game Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Hutto Memorial Stadium, Hutto SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 28 13 6 0 -- 47 Mason 0 0 14 7 -- 21 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 61 run (Ryan Peterson kick), 11:06 1Q. S - Brooks 56 run (Peterson kick), 9:10 1Q. S - Drew Wenske 74 interception return (Peterson kick), 4:59 1Q. S - Brooks 28 run (Peterson kick), 2:22 1Q. Second Quarter S - Brooks 35 run (Peterson kick), 8:00 2Q. S - Beck Bishop 1 run (pass failed), 3:40 2Q. Third Quarter S - Trace Bishop 1 run (kick failed), 5:38 3Q. M - Sutten Silerio 35 run (Wyatt Row kick), 4:34 3Q. M - Frankie Bolley 15 blocked punt return (Row kick), 1:45 3Q. Fourth Quarter M - Silerio 18 run (Row kick), 9:17 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Team stats Shiner Mason First downs 14 8 Rushes-yards 40-348 33-123 Passing yards 0 70 Passes 0-3 7-16-3 Penalties-yards 4-23 2-25 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Punts-aver 3-23.3 3-26.3 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing S: Dalton Brooks 9-217, Trace Bishop 16-89, Beck Bishop 6-32, Carson Schuette 3-13, Rankin Wallace 4-12, Ryan Peterson 2-(-15). M: Sutten Silerio 8-72, Ryne Todd 18-43, Matthew King 4-15, Hunter Goodwin 1-2, Ivan Wofford 2-(-9). Passing S: Peterson 0-3-0-0. M: Wofford 7-15-3-70, Todd 0-1-0-0. Receiving M: Brody Comey 2-52, Frankie Bolley 2-11, Todd 2-7, King 1-0.
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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