PFLUGERVILLE - The Chilton Pirates ended two years of frustration in convincing fashion Friday night.
The Pirates, who were eliminated by Shiner the past two postseasons, dominated the Comanches from start to finish in rolling to a 24-0 Class 1A regional playoff win at Hendrickson Stadium.
"To be honest with you, I was hoping to play Shiner again," said coach Lucky Gamble, whose top-ranked Pirates (13-0) will play the Bremond, a 28-7 winner over Brackett, in the quarterfinals next week. "I didn't have to do anything to motivate my team this week."
Chilton rushed for 348 yards and gained 460 total yards while limiting Shiner to 3 total yards and three first downs.
"A lot of their players were part of those two teams we beat," said coach Steven Cerny, whose Comanches ended the season with a 10-3 record. "They have some great athletes."
The Comanches, who went on to win the Class 1A title last year after beating Chilton, fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and never recovered. Shiner was held without a first down until the 11:54 mark of the fourth quarter and was handed its first shutout loss since a 7-0 defeat against Falls City on Oct. 31, 2003.
Two of Shiner's first downs were result of Chilton pass interference penalties. The Comanches never crossed midfield. They did get possession at the Pirates' 35 in the second quarter when linebacker Dalton Handley recovered a bad pitch by Chilton quarterback Josh Landrum. But Shiner went backward 6 yards in three plays and had to punt the ball away.
The Comanches' longest play from scrimmage was a 9-yard run by running back Ryan Kloesel in the fourth quarter.
"It was three-and-out all night," Cerny said. "We just couldn't get any rhythm going on offense."
Chilton set the tone on its first possession.
The speedy Josh Landrum, who rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries, gained 38 yards on a keeper on the Pirates' first play of the game. On third-and-22 from the Shiner 29, Josh Landrum lofted a touchdown pass to wide receiver Keith Walton, who had gotten behind a Comanche defender. Victor Flores' extra-point try was wide left as the Pirates' lead stayed at 6-0 with 8:20 left in the first quarter.
Chilton found the end zone again two series later. This time it was the 6- foot-1, 230-pound Travis Landrum, who led all rushers with 182 yards on 18 carries, getting into the end zone. Travis Landrum ran over two Shiner defenders on the way to a 47-yard touchdown run that ended a three-play, 55-yard scoring drive. Josh Landrum ran left and leaped over a Shiner defender to score on a two-point run to make it 14-0 with no time left on the first-quarter clock.
"They are very balanced offensively," Cerny said. "You have to contain their speed outside, but you still have to stack it up to stop their inside game."
The Comanches held off a late Chilton first-half scoring threat to go into the break down 14-0.
"I thought we played a little cautious in the first half," Cerny said. "Once we regrouped, we did all right."
The Pirates drove 71 yards in 15 plays for Flores' 23-yard field goal to go up 17-0 late in the third quarter.
It appeared Shiner had pulled itself back into the game when quarterback Trey Curtis threw an apparent 53-yard touchdown pass to Kloesel with 7:09 left in the game. But the play was nullified due to an illegal procedure penalty on the Comanches.
Chilton put the game away on its next possession. Josh Landrum and tight end Ryan Cobb hooked up on a 75-yard pass-run play to set up Bryan Childers' 3-yard touchdown run with 4:09 remaining in the game.
"We have five seniors and 16 juniors who have grown up losing to Shiner the last two years," Gamble said. "If they couldn't get excited about playing this game, they weren't going to get excited about playing anybody."
GAME STATISTICS: Chilton Shiner First Downs 18 3 Rushes-Yards 59-348 20-5 Passing Yards 112 -2 Comp-Att-Int 3-5-0 4-13-1 Return Yards 21 45 Punts 2-31 8-39.3 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0 Penalties-yards 9-77 4-25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: RUSHING - Chilton: Travis Landrum 18-182, Josh Landrum 23-115, Darvis Brandon 13-31, Alejo Gomez 1-8, Bryan Childers 2-6, DeAris Brandon 1-4, Keith Walton 1-2. Shiner: Ryan Kloesel 2-15, Dustin Mayberry 8-0, D.J. Pustka 3-0, Trey Curtis 7-(-10). PASSING - Chilton: J. Landrum 3-5-0, 112. Shiner: Curtis 4-13-1, -2. RECEIVING - Chilton: Ryan Cobb 1-75, Walton 29, Da. Brandon 1-8. Shiner: Pustka 3-0, Mayberry 1-(-2). SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Chilton 14 0 3 7 -- 24 Shiner 0 0 0 0 -- 0 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter C - Keith Walton 29 pass from Josh Landrum (kick failed), 8:20 C - Travis Landrum 47 run (J. Landrum run), 0:00 Second Quarter no score Third Quarter C - Victor Flores 23 FG, 1:15 Fourth Quarter C - Bryan Childers 3 run (Flores kick), 4:09