GANADO – Shiner quarterback Blake Michalec felt like the Comanches came out of the dressing room a little flat.
Shiner was locked in a scoreless tie with Ganado through the first quarter, and Michalec could sense his teammates needed a spark.
“We were trying to fire them up,” Michalec said. “It was a little dull out there. Once we got into it, everybody was fired up and we were ready to play.”
Michalec put the No. 9 Comanches ahead to stay with a 90-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and they went on to a 35-7 District 15-2A, Division I win over Ganado (2-5, 1-1) on Friday night at Indian Stadium.
Shiner bounced back from an emotional overtime loss to Refugio, and improved to 6-1 on the season and 1-1 in district.
“I think we were a little out of it at first,” Michalec said. “Everybody was probably still thinking about it. But we got fired up and played with a chip on our shoulder and got it done.”
Shiner rushed 419 yards and averaged more than 10 yards per carry. Michalec had 10 carries for 160 yards and also scored on a 36-yard run, and Tyler Patek added 13 carries for 195 yards and scored on runs of 49 and 74 yards.
“They played really well defensively at first,” said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. “They had our basic shut down pretty good. So we changed and showed a little different look and had to go to misdirection. We misdirected the middle linebacker, and Blake made some great runs.”
Shiner scored 21 points in the second quarter, and for the game, had nine runs for more than 10 yards.
“That was kind of our downfall tonight was allowing big plays,” said Ganado coach Jim Bird. “They’re a great football team, and they took advantage of some things that we weren’t doing well. That’s kind of one of the things we pride ourselves on is limiting big plays, and when we weren’t giving up big plays, we played pretty decent.”
Ganado took a 7-6 lead with 7 minutes left in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Jonathan Martinez. The touchdown was set up by Garrett McCann’s 54-yard kickoff return.
But Shiner limited the Indians to 94 total yards and a net of 26 yards in the second half.
“It was that first quarter when both teams were really fresh, and I think that’s when it was a real good battle,” Cerny said. “Once we settled in and adjusted to what they were doing, we played really well.”
Michalec and Dadrian Taylor had interceptions for Shiner, which took a 4-3 lead in what has been a competitive rivalry. “Football is football,” Michalec said. “I don’t care how we do it. As long as we walk out with the win, it’s fine with me.”
GAME STATISTICSGAME SUMMARY: Shiner 35, Ganado 7 Ganado Indian Stadium SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 0 21 7 7 -– 35 Ganado 0 7 0 0 –- 7 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter no score Second Quarter S: Tyler Patek 49 run (kick good) 8:12 G: Jonathan Martinez 7 run (Martinez kick) 7:00 S: Blake Michalec 90 run (Chad Neubauer kick) 6:13 S: Michalec 36 run (Neubauer kick) 3:00 Third Quarter S: Patek 74 run (Neubauer kick) 11:33 Fourth Quarter S: Neubauer 13 run (Neubauer kick) 9:46 TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Ganado First Downs 13 7 Yards Rushing 40-419 28-47 Yards Passing 8 47 Passes 5-1-0-1 16-6-0-2 Punts 28.0 31.2 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 10-89 4-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Blake Michalec 10-160, Chad Neubauer 7-40, Tyler Patek 13-195. Ganado: Jonathan Martinez 10-10, Garrett McCann 12-18. Passing Shiner: Blake Michalec 5-1-8-1. Ganado: Jonathan Martinez 16-6-47-2. Receiving Shiner: Chad Neubauer 1-8 Ganado: n.a.