LOUISE - Shiner needed a Drew Stafford 46-yard field goal with just seconds remaining to squeak by the Louise Hornets 20-18 in the teams' District 27-1A opener.
Shiner began the game as it ended -- with a field goal by Stafford, who hit a 28-yarder with :40 remaining in the first quarter.
The Comanches scored again in the second quarter when quarterback Stafford made a scoring toss to Curtis Shields for 17 yards.
Holding Shiner (5-1, 1-0) scoreless in the third quarter, Louise (1-5, 0-1) scored its first touchdown late in the third on a 1-yard by Desmond Pulliam.
Shiner extended its lead 17-6 early in the fourth when Coy Boedeker picked up a fumble and carried it 62 yards for the score.
But Louise wasn't going to go quietly. The Hornets scored midway through the quarter on a 5-yard run by Clint Barrera. Then, with only 1:27 remaining, Louise took an 18-17 lead when Barrera hit Trey Koudela on a 26-yard scoring pass.
Shiner started their final possession on their 33 and had little time to cover the 67 yards to pay dirt. Stafford completed a pass to Josh Greathouse for 10 yards and then on fourth down he hit Curtis Shields for a 12-yard gain to the Louise 41. Greathouse picked up two more yards but a penalty set the Comanches back to the 44-yard line. Stafford completed a pass to Shields to the 29 and with just :03 seconds left, Stafford booted the winning field goal.
Here's the winning 46-yard field goal in real time and slow-mo
on YouTube ... thanks to Patrick Roller of Shiner for providing
Sony HD HandyCam footage of the play recorded on the sidelines:
GAME STATISTICS: Louise Shiner First Downs 14 13 Yards Rushing 48-223 29-131 Yards Passing 53 85 Passes 2-4-0 7-12-0 Punts 2-68 1-18 Fumbles-lost 3-1 4-2 Penalties-yards 4-20 3-35 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 3 7 0 10 -- 20 Louise 0 0 6 12 -- 18 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Drew Stafford 28 field goal, :40 Second Quarter S - Curtis Shields 17 pass from Stafford (Stafford kick), 6:29 Third Quarter L - Desmond Pulliam 1 run (kick failed), 4:53 Fourth Quarter S - Coy Boedeker, 62 fumble return (Stafford kick), 11:11 L - Clint Barrera 5 run (run failed), 7:12 L - Trey Koudela 26 pass from Clint Barrera, (run failed), 1:27 S - Drew Stafford, 46 field goal, :06 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Louise - D. Pulliam 24-130, D. Sulak 12-55, C. Berrera 6-24, C. Vasquez 4-13, J. Ochoa 2-2, L Surrat 1-(-1). Shiner - J. Greathouse 11-28, C. Shields 9-22, D. Stafford 6-12, E. Jones 3-69. Passing Louise - D. Sulak 1-3-27, C. Berrera 1-1-26. Shiner - D. Stafford 7-11-85, J. Greathouse 0-1. Receiving Louise, C. Vasquez 1-27, T. Koudela 1-26. Shiner, C. Shields 3-44, T. Forest 1-15, J. Greathouse 1-10, B. Beal 1-8, E. Jones 1-8.