SHINER – The new Shiner Comanche seniors are hungry to make their mark this football season.
And with a shutout victory over Industrial last week and a 46-0 win over St. Joseph Friday, the rumble in their stomaches is just getting stronger.
“We aren’t missing a beat,” said senior quarterback Blake Michalec. “We’re playing good now, and we’re rolling. (The new guys) are doing excellent.”
A backup quarterback for a few years, Michalec was moved from being a starting receiver last season for Shiner’s state finalist team to the person commanding the huddle this year.
“It’s definitely a change,” Michalec said. “I can take charge and command the huddle – it’s fun.”
Michalec ran seven times for 62 yards and completed three passes for 85 yards Friday night.
When a torrential downpour began, the Comanches focused on their rushing game and ran for 333 yards total.
“We focused on the ground and pound,” Michalec said. “We focused on tucking the ball and running it as much as we could. It was a little wet, but you have to do make do with what you have.”
Senior running back Chad Neubauer scored three rushing TDs in the first half – two in the first quarter. He rushed 10 times for 100 yards.
However, scoring slowed down in the second half with Shiner scoring twice in the fourth quarter and not at all in the third.
“The second half, I don’t know if we wore down or what. We just didn’t execute like we did in that first half,” Cerny said.
Senior Tyler Patek moved into the other running back position and ran nine times for 150 yards.
Newcomer Justin Stovall took over at receiver and caught the one passing touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.
Having two back-to-back shutouts over area schools has helped build Shiner’s confidence for the rest of the season, Patek said.
“We’re hungry –- hungry for state,” Patek said.
St. Joseph coach Dustin Meaux and the rest of the coaching staff preached consistency before the game, during halftime and after the game. This was their second non-district loss this season.
“We talked about completing your assignments, and we weren’t consistent with our job,” Meaux said.
After a dismal first half, in which Meaux said the rain played a factor in the team’s ability to hold on to snaps, the Flyers came back different in the second half.
St. Joseph held off Shiner for the entirety of the third quarter. The Comanches scored twice in the fourth quarter with five minutes left in the game, though.
The Flyers rushed 41 times for 62 yards.
Charlie Quary, Matt Vallejo and Logan Terry carried the ball for the majority of the game, but senior Nick Vallejo and Michael Brawner stepped up in the fourth for a a combined 21 yards.
“You get better when you play good people,” Meaux said. “We’re playing the cards we’re dealt right now, and we’re trying to get better consistently every day.”
GAME STATISTICSGAME SUMMARY: Shiner 46, Victoria St. Joseph 0 Shiner Comanche Stadium TEAM STATISTICS: St. Joseph Shiner First Downs 6 20 Yards Rushing 39-63 45-340 Yards Passing 21 85 Passes 8-3-0-0 6-3-1-1 Punts 31.0 34.0 Fumbles-lost 8-3 2-2 Penalties-yards 2-10 1-5 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final St. Joseph 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 18 14 0 14 -- 46 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter Shiner: Chad Neubauer 10 run (Blake Michalec kick fail) 9:31 Shiner: Tyler Patek 24 run (2-point conversion fail) 8:41 Shiner: Neubauer 6 run (Michalec kick fail) 2:53 Second Quarter Shiner: Neubauer 18 run (2-point conversion fail) 11:10 Shiner: Patek 75 run (2-point run by Neubauer) 5:06 Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter Shiner: Justin Stovall 21 pass from Michalec (Michalec kick good) 4:25 Shiner: Charles Haynes 5 run (Michalec kick good) 1:09 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Victoria St. Joseph, Charlie Quary 8-8, Logan Terry 13-49, Matt Vallejo 8-(-16), Michael Brawner 3-5, Nick Vallejo 6-20, Tyler Coleman 1-(-3). Shiner, Blake Michalec 7-41, Brandon Cerny 2-5, Chad Neubauer 10-99, Charles Haynes 3-6, Justin Stein 3-10, Tyler Patek 10-169. Passing Victoria St. Joseph, Matt Vallejo 8-3-21-0. Shiner, Blake Michalec 6-3-85-0. Receiving Victoria St. Joseph, Charlie Quary 1-6, Joel Stevens 1-7, Logan Terry 1-8. Shiner, Caleb Murrile 1-42, Justin Stovall 2-43.
Julie Garcia is assistant sports editor for The Victoria Advocate.
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