SAN ANTONIO - The No. 1-ranked Shiner Comanches overwhelmed the Charlotte Trojans 37-7 in a Class 1A area playoff game thanks to 164 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Chris Baer.
Shiner running back Chris Baer cuts for the goal line behind QB Trey Curtis for the first of his four TD's against Charlotte. photos by Howard Esse, Crossroads Legal Video
The Comanches (12-0) jumped out to an early lead when Dustin Pohler blocked a Charlotte punt and Shiner recovered in good field position. Baer scored on a 3-yard run, and Scott Shimek added the first of five extra points for a 7-0 advantage.
Charlotte (7-4) answered four minutes later, however, when quarterback John Mark Henry hooked up with Matthew Caballero for a 52-yard touchdown pass. Henry nailed the point after to tie the game 7-7.
Shiner gained back the momentum with 3 seconds left in the first half. Trey Curtis dropped back to pass and flipped the ball behind him before being taken down. Baer grabbed it and scampered into the end zone for a score to give the Comanches a 14-7 halftime lead.
The Comanche raiding party takes the field led by Dustin Pohler (#60 with flag) and Willie Leach (#71).
It was all Shiner in the second half as Dustin Mayberry scored on a 3- yard run, Charlotte gave up a safety on a bad punt snap, and Baer scored twice on matching 23-yard runs. Mayberry rushed for 42 yards on 16 carries.
Henry threw for 125 yards for the Trojans, but he was picked twice by Shiner's Kevin Berger.
Shiner advances to face the winner of Friday night's playoff game between Chilton and Harper.
GAME STATISTICS: Charlotte Shiner First Downs 9 15 Rushes-Yards 29-17 45-224 Passing Yards 124 6 Comp-Att-Int 7-20-2 1-6-1 Return Yards 0 41 Punts 3-29 3-32 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-yds 10-70 4-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - Charlotte: Preston Castillo 8-22, Rick Luna 7-14, Mark Cumpian 6-20, John Mark Harvey 8-(-29). Shiner: Chris Baer 19-161, Dustin Mayberry 14-43, Trey Curtis 6-31, Dexter Mayberry 2-5, Chase O'Connor 1-4, Kyle Condel 3-(-4). Passing - Charlotte: Harvey 7-20-2 124 Shiner: Curtis 1-6-1 6. Receiving - Charlotte: Matthew Caballero 2-75, Cumpian 2-27, Castillo 2-13, Matt Whitten 1-9. Shiner: Baer 1-6. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Charlotte 7 0 0 0 -- 7 Shiner 7 7 16 7 -- 37 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Chris Baer 3 run (Scott Shimek kick), 8:27 C - Matthew Caballero 52 pass from John Mark Henry (Henry kick), 4:21 Second Quarter S - Baer 6 run (Shimek kick), :03 Third Quarter S - Dustin Mayberry 3 run (Shimek kick), 8:50 S - Safety (deep snap over Charlotte punter's head out of end zone), 4:49 S - Baer 23 run (Shimek kick), 3:02 Fourth Quarter S - Baer 23 run (Shimek kick), 9:15