SHINER - Ty Boedeker hasn't thrown as many passes as he's caught, but he's getting close.
Shiner cornerback #22 Ty Boedeker covers Goliad wide receiver Kyle Tipton earlier this season.
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Boedeker moved from receiver to quarterback after Brandon Cerny broke a bone in his right foot during the Comanches' 28-7 win over Ganado.
Boedeker's rushed 15 times for 67 yards and two touchdowns and completed 3 of 7 passes for 44 yards and two touchdowns.
But more importantly, he's led No. 4 Shiner to wins over Weimar and Schulenburg.
The Comanches (9-0) have clinched a share of the District 15-2A, Division I championship and the top seed in the playoffs.
"I was ready for it," said Boedeker, a junior. "The quarterback going down is always tough, but you have to be ready for anything."
Boedeker also plays cornerback, and he began the season as Cerny's backup before moving to receiver after the second game.
But he alternated at quarterback with Cerny when they were in junior high and played some quarterback on the junior varsity.
He also played quarterback as a freshman during the second half of Shiner's bi- district playoff win over Santa Maria.
"Everything is a lot faster," Boedeker said. "Everybody's bigger. But it was fun and it was good experience.
"Each week's getting better," he added. "I'm more comfortable than I was last week. I'm just getting more comfortable every day."
Shiner coach Steven Cerny made the decision to start Boedeker at quarterback rather than Dustin Petras, a sophomore, who finished the Ganado game.
"It was just going with a little more maturity," Steven Cerny said. "Ty was our backup at the beginning of the year. He did the two scrimmages and the first two games when Dustin was on the JV.
"We feel good with both of them, but Ty has a better arm and we can still use our passing game a lot more. Dustin runs the veer a lot better. There may even come a time where we use them both."
Steven Cerny has made some subtle changes to the offense to cater to Boedeker's strength, but has not deviated much from what the team was doing with Brandon Cerny at quarterback.
"We've got to try and utilize his speed," Steven Cerny said. "It's not so much where we're going to run the quarterback whams and that. We need to start hitting the veer a little more and things like that. The mid-line is going to be good for him. But for the most part, we kept our same package."
Steven Cerny admits starting a new quarterback in the eighth game of the season is not ideal.
But the transition was made easier by the play of the Shiner defense.
The Comanches have four shutouts, and are yielding an average of less than 159 yards and eight points per game.
"The defense has stayed intact," Steven Cerny said. "We're at a time now where not that many people play that great of a defense. They put less emphasis on it. We still do emphasize it. It's half of our practice everyday. That's still going to be a big part of what's going to carry us."
Shiner wraps up district play Friday at Flatonia.
The Comanches have a chance to go 10-0 for the first time since the 2004 season.
Shiner finished the 2004 season as the Class 1A (now 2A) state champion with a 16-0 record.
"Every year is different," Steven Cerny said. "I never even thought about when the last time we would have been 9-0. We've had some successful years and fall quick, and we've had some where we started slow and get stronger.
"That's one thing I've been challenging this group with is not to be satisfied. We've got to continue to get better and get stronger. We'd like to be able to compare ourselves to '04, but that was a real solid group with a lot more depth than what we have right now."
Mike Forman is a sports writer for The Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-6588, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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