AUSTIN - It's easy to figure out what Iola is going to do on offense, but stopping it is another matter.
The Bulldogs ran through and around Shiner en route to a 34-7 Class 1A quarterfinal win on a chilly Saturday evening at Burger Center.
"It's the only plan we know," Iola coach Randy McDougald said. "Rex up the middle and Casey around the end."
Fullback Rex McDougald went inside for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and halfback Casey Giles went outside for 187 yards and one touchdown, as Iola improved to 9-3 and advanced to the semifinals against Alto, a 42-0 winner over Wolfe City on Friday night.
"You work on stopping him up the middle," Shiner coach Steven Cerny said of McDougald, "and here he (Giles) to the outside. They've got a very good scheme and the main difference with their size on the line."
Iola scored on drives of 66, 83 and 41 yards the first three times it had the ball. Giles, who had 151 yards in the first half, scored on a 14-yard run before McDougald scored on runs of 7 and 1 yard. McDougald added a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"Rex finally is getting back to being healthy," Randy McDougald said. "Curtis Giles is a great kid. If he had any speed, he'd be a big-time player. I never thought it would be this easy. It feels good beating Shiner. I know this isn't the real Shiner team, but it feels good anyway."
Giles had nine runs for 10 or more yards and McDouglad had three, and the Bulldogs even used a bit of trickery to score their final touchdown on a 29-yard halfback pass from Slayton Murray to Nash Murray.
Shiner, which has suffered through a season of injuries, lost linebacker Dalton Handley to an ankle injury in the first half and the Comanches were without quarterback Matthew Hibbs for a series after he twisted his knee.
"That didn't help losing Dalton," Cerny said. "It really messed up our scheme. We had to move some people around and it made it harder for what we were trying to do."
Shiner moved the ball consistently against the Iola defense, but fumbled five times and lost two.
"We knew they weren't going to pitch much," Randy McDougald said. "We were trying to stop the dive and the quarterback."
Shiner's lone score came on a 6-yard pass from Dexter Mayberry to Cody Curtis with 21 seconds left in the first half.
"The fumbles hurt us," Cerny said. "We would have had a couple of chances to get back in the game."
But Shiner could never stop McDougald, who carried 25 times, and Giles, who had 20 carries. The two Iola backs left the game in the fourth quarter.
"When we sit back and look, I'm sure we'll be really proud of what we accomplished," Cerny said. "It's just disappointing because everybody knows we can play better. But the effort is the most important thing."
GAME STATISTICS: Iola Shiner First Downs 26 14 Rushes-Yards 58-379 31-158 Passing Yards 59 88 Comp-Att-Int 3-3-0 8-21-0 Punts 1-40 1-40 Fumbles-lost 1-0 5-2 Penalties-yards 7-60 2-10 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing - Iola, Casey Giles 20-187; Rex McDougald 25-140; Slayton Murray 7-35; Patrick Sanchez 2-19; Jimmy Wells 1-1; Team 3-(-3). Shiner, Dexter Mayberry 14-59; Matthew Hibbs 8-46; Kody Franke 5-38; Adam Kalich 4-15. Passing - Iola, S. Murray 1-1-0 29; Sanchez 1-1-0 16; McDougald 1-1-0 14. Shiner, Hibbs 7-18-0 82; Mayberry 1-1-0 6; Kevin Blaschke 0-2-0 0. Receiving - Iola, Nash Murray 1-29; McDougald 1-16; Buzz Galvan 1-14. Shiner, Josh Nance 2-41; Mayberry 2-18; Jesse Lozano 1-18; Cody Curtis 1-6; Kalich 2-5. SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Iola 8 14 6 6 -- 34 Shiner 0 7 0 0 -- 7 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter I - Casey Giles 14 run (Giles run), 8:27 Second Quarter I - Rex McDougald 7 run (run failed), 8:09 I - McDougald 1 run (Giles run), 4:07 Third Quarter I - McDougald 22 run (run failed), 5:09 Fourth Quarter I - Nash Murray 24 pass from Slayton Murray (run failed), 8:35