Shiner (9-2) opened the postseason with a 16-0 bi-district win over Ben Bolt. Charlotte (6-3) had a bye in the bi-district round. That was the same scenario as last season and Shiner rolled to a 37-7 area win over Charlotte. Shiner and Charlotte were district foes from 2000 through 2003 and Shiner won all four meetings by a combined score of 149-28.
Shiner's D.J. Pustka rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns against Ben Bolt. Shiner defensive coordinator Billy Turek's unit posted its second consecutive shutout and its third of the season. Shiner forced three turnovers and recorded a safety when Colton Henley sacked the Ben Bolt quarterback in the end zone. The Shiner defense has not allowed a point in the last 10 quarters. Shiner's Dustin Mayberry has rushed for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Charlotte has eight starters returning from last year, including running back/linebacker Bubba Castillo, who has started for four years.
The winner plays the winner of tonight's Chilton-Rocksprings in the regional round.
Shiner coach Steven Cerny: "They've got eight starters back but they do go both ways. They've got a lot of size. They're very physical. They've had an extra week to prepare but I don't know if it will matter because we're not running near as much veer as we have in the past. We're running a little shotgun and we have a lot of different looks.
"I thought we played well (against Ben Bolt). They've definitely improved. It was nothing we did badly. We did play good defense but we've always felt like that's the main thing you've got to do first. We put our main emphasis on defense. We work for field position and turnovers first and offense secondly.
"Our practices have improved. We're taking care of business and getting it done. It just took us so long to come up with what we do best and where our personnel should be because of all our injuries."
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