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Pustka leads way in 41-27 triumph
Friday, September 5, 2003

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SHINER - Garet Pustka rushed for two touchdowns, threw for another and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to clinch the Shiner Comanches' 41-27 victory over the Schulenburg Shorthorns.

Shiner (2-0) had to overcome a four-touchdown passing performance by Schulenburg quarterback Jeff Jurica, who put the Shorthorns (0-2) up 7-0 with a 24-yard TD pass to Jason Dees with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

Shiner quickly answered with Pustka's 59-yard touchdown pass to Casey Coleman just 1:35 later to tie the game at 7-7.

Pustka, who rushed for 169 yards on 20 carries, broke loose on a 25- yard touchdown run to put the Comanches up 14-7.

Schulenburg answered, however, with another Jurica-to-Dees touchdown pass play, this time from 25 yards out, to knot the score at 14-14.

But the Comanches used some trickery to score before halftime. Chris Baer took a pitch from Pustka and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Coleman.

The third of Scott Shimek's five extra points on the night sent the Comanches into halftime with a 21-14 lead.

Shiner pulled away in the third quarter on Baer's 12-yard touchdown run and Pustka's 2-yard TD run.

Schulenburg refused to give up. Jurica tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Grant Gallo and, after Shiner's Kensley Wright scored on a 4-yard run, Jurica threw a 12-yard TD pass to Dontae Turner to pull the Shorthorns within 41-27 with 6:59 left in the game.

Schulenburg was driving again when it attempted a halfback pass by Turner, which was intercepted by Pustka. Shiner ran out the clock to preserve the win.


                   Schulenburg   Shiner
  First Downs      13            22
  Yards Rushing    21-88         50-376
  Yards Passing    250           108
  Passes           16-29-1       2-4-0
  Punts            5-35.8        2-40.5
  Fumbles-Lost     1-1           3-3
  Penalties-Yards  5-55          5-45

  Schulenburg    7    7    0   13  --  27
  Shiner         7   14   14    6  --  41

  Rushing - Shiner, Chris Baer 13-83, Nick Evans 2-8, Garet Pustka 20-169,
      Kenzley Wright 2-45, Quentin Wright 13-71.
    Schulenburg, Troy Cummins 3-7, Jeff Jurica 6-2, Dontae Turner 12-79.

  Passing - Shiner, Chris Baer 1-1-0-49, Garet Pustka 1-3-0-59.
    Schulenburg, Jeff Jurica 16-28-0-250, Dontae Turner 0-1-0-0.

  Receiving - Shiner, Casey Coleman 2-108.
    Schulenburg, Jason Dees 6-129, Grant Gallo 1-20, Marlon Robinson 1-7,
      Andrew Steward 3-47, Dontae Turner 5-47.


  First Quarter
     SC - Jason Dees 24 pass from Jeff Jurica
          (Jared Trojacek kick), 3:20
     SH - Casey Coleman 59 pass from Garet Pustka,

  Second Quarter
     SH - Garet Pustka 25 run (Shimek kick), 9:52
     SC - Dees 25 pass from Jurica (Trojacek kick), 7:27
     SH - Coleman 49 pass from Chris Baer (Shimek kick), 2:28

  Third Quarter
     SH - Baer 12 run (Shimek kick), 7:31
     SH - Pustka 2 run (Shimek kick), 3:31

  Fourth Quarter
     SC - Grant Gallo 20 pass from Jurica (Trojacek kick), 11:39
     SH - Kensley Wright 4 run (kick blocked), 9:35
     SC - Dontae Turner 12 pass from Jurica (run failed), 6:59

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