SHINER - The Shiner Comanches used big plays on both sides of the ball to top Industrial 34-0 in the season opener for both teams.
Two long touchdown runs and two defensive stands propelled the Comanches to a 14-0 halftime lead, and they never looked back.
The first score came with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter after the teams had exchanged turnovers. Quarterback Tyler Patek found a hole in the middle of the Cobras defense and raced 66 yards to pay dirt. Rigo Baray added the extra point.
Industrial responded with a seven-minute, 15-play drive that ended when quarterback Jay Rubio was stopped twice at the 1-yard line.
On the ensuing Shiner possession, a bad snap on a punt gave Industrial the ball back at the Shiner 10.
But the Comanche's defense rose up again.
On third down, defensive back Ernie Egan picked off a Rubio pass at the goal line and returned it 25 yards.
Two plays later, running back Marcus Coleman tiptoed down the home sideline and 66 yards later found the end zone.
The Comanches threatened again before the end of the half, moving inside the Cobra 20, but a 35-yard field goal attempt by Baray fell short.
Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said the defense turned the game around.
"Our defense really stepped up with that goal line stand and swung the momentum back to us," he said. "And the interception on the goal line averted another disaster."
The big play story continued in the third quarter.
On Shiner's first play of the second half, after a short Industrial punt, Jacob Stafford broke through the line, stumbled after a missed tackle, regained his footing and went 37 yards for the score.
Shiner led 21-0 with 9:37 left in the third quarter.
Cerny was also pleased with the offensive production.
"The beauty of the veer is when you find that seam, you can break some big plays," Cerny said.
Later in the quarter, another short punt gave the Comanches the ball at the Cobras 30-yard line. Three plays later, Patek scored from 17 yards out. Coleman would add a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Stafford led Shiner with 132 yards on 12 carries, Coleman added 127 on 12, and Patek gained 91 on 14 carries.
Rubio was Industrial's offensive leader with 111 yards on 11 of 20 passing.
Industrial head coach Shane Lothman was disappointed.
"I thought we came to play, and we didn't," he said. "We hurt ourselves with turnovers, and when we did get down there, we didn't finish. We just can't leave our defense on the field for that many plays."