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.
GAME STATISTICS 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. SCORING DETAILS 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