SHINER - East Bernard fans may have differing opinions about whether Odrick Thomas or Andrew Webster should start at quarterback but coach Kent Scott likes them both.
East Bernard tight end Matt Kopycinski fumbles as Shiner's Cody Curtis, left, recovers. East Bernard went on to record a 13-10 win over the Comanches. photo by Harry Reese
"The nice thing is we have two guys who are very close to one another," Scott said. "Andrew is a junior and could probably start for most teams. Odrick is a senior and we went with him because he's the returning starter. People say we have a quarterback controversy. I say it's a nice problem to have."
Thomas ran for one touchdown and Webster passed for another to lead the Brahmas to a 13-10 win over Shiner on Friday night at Comanche Stadium.
East Bernard overcame four turnovers to even its record at 1-1, while snapping Shiner's 15-game home winning streak. The Comanches, who were ranked No. 9 in Class 1A, fell to 1-1, after suffering their first regular season loss since 2003.
Thomas started at quarterback and directed the Brahmas on a 10-play, 76- yard game-opening drive that he capped with a 1-yard run.
After Shiner had rallied to take a 10-7 lead, Webster came on for Thomas, who was suffering cramps, to finish an eight-play 88-yard drive that he completed with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Mike Hayes with 10:15 left in the fourth quarter.
"We overcame some mistakes," Scott said. "Both teams put the ball on the ground. But you had two good football teams. It was just an outstanding high school football game."
It was a frustrating game for Shiner, which completed only one pass and had two intercepted, and had only 133 yards of total offense, including 126 yards of rushing.
"I thought in the first half we were very, very close," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said. "We had our chances. We just didn't execute. We created some breaks. We just didn't capitalize on them. But we're going to get better."
Thomas rushed 14 times for 77 yards and completed eight of nine passes for 81 yards. Webster completed two of four passes for 27 yards and cararied one time for 7 yards.
Garrett Traweek and Derrick Wilson each had nine carries for 56 yards, but the Brahmas lost two fumbles, had a pass intercepted, and muffed a punt.
"Coach (Greg) Murrile does an outstanding job with the defense," Scott said. "I think the defense kept us in it. I felt like the offense lost the momentum, but the defense kept us in the game."
Shiner managed only a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Kloesel in the first half despite starting possessions at the East Bernard 22-, 42-, and 31-yard lines.
The Comanches took the lead on a 10-play, 52-yard drive that included six runs by quarterback Trey Curtis and two by halfback Dustin Mayberry.
Curtis, who was making his first start after missing last week's game with a shoulder injury, scored on a 2-yard run with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Curtis finished with 52 yards on 19 carries and completed only one of eight passes and had two intercepted. Mayberry rushed 16 times for 53 yards.
"This is not the end of the world," Cerny said. "Everyone wants to win. What's important is winning when they count."
East Bernard was able to win a non-district game under Scott for the first time by keeping Shiner from making a first down in the fourth quarter and wearing down the Comanches defense.
The Brahamas began the decisive drive after a 33-yard punt by Kloesel forced them to start at the 12-yard line. But Thomas had a key 13-yard run before limping to the sidelines. Webster ran for 7 yards on the next play and had 15 tacked on for a face mask penalty, setting East Bernard up at the Shiner 32.
Webster completed a 9-yard pass to Jesse Pitman and Traweek ran for 5 before Webster found Hayes on the right side for the touchdown.
"We needed that one," Scott said. "It wasn't a must win, but we really needed that one."
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-6588, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.GAME STATISTICS: E Bernard Shiner First Downs 18 10 Yards Rushing 37-214 39-126 Yards Passing 108 7 Passes 10-13-1 1-10-2 Punts 3-31.7 4-36.8 Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-0 Penalties-yards 7-55 6-50 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - East Bernard, Odrick Thomas 14-77; Garrett Traweek 9-56; Derrick Wilson 9-56; Mike Hayes 3-20; Andrew Webster 1-7; Team 1-(-2). Shiner, Dustin Mayberry 16-53; Trey Curtis 19-52; Ryan Kloesel 4-21. Passing - East Bernard, Od. Thomas 8-9-0 81; Webster 2-4-1 27. Shiner, T. Curtis 1-8-2 7; Kyle Condel 0-1-0; Kloesel 0-1-0 0. Receiving - East Bernard, Matt Petrosky 3-38; Hayes 3-34; Jesse Pitman 2-19; Matt Kopcycinski 1-11; Spencer Pullen 1-6. Shiner, Kody Selzer 1-7. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F East Bernard 7 0 0 6 -- 13 Shiner 0 3 7 0 -- 10 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter EB - Odrick Thomas 2 run (Matt Kipycinski kick), 7:03 Second Quarter S - Ryan Kloesel 31 field goal, 7:26 Third Quarter S - Trey Curtis 2 run (Kloesel kick). 4:09 Fourth Quarter EB - Mike Hayes 18 pass from Andrew Webster (kick blocked), 10:15