SHINER - Shiner came into the season believing it could score from anywhere on the field.
The Comanches turned their hopes into reality against Goliad.
Shiner scored on five plays of 35 yards or more and ran off with a 34-13 season-opening win over the Tigers on Friday night at Comanche Stadium.
"I believe we can be a big-play team," said senior running back Dadrian Taylor. "We have so many special players who can blow up at any time."
Taylor led the charge for the Comanches before leaving the game in the third quarter.
He ran 95 yards for a touchdown on Shiner's first play from scrimmage, and added a 56-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brandon Cerny in the second quarter.
Taylor touched the ball a total of 10 times and accounted 239 yards. He rushed eight times for 173 yards, had the 56-yard reception, and returned a kickoff 10 yards.
"If you want to have success on offense, you've got to learn to trust your line," Taylor said. "I believe in these guys fully, and that's why we were so effective when we had the ball."
Justin Stein added 137 yards rushing, including a 95-yard touchdown run.
"We've got to keep on working hard, get our blocks down, get our fundamentals down and hopefully learn some new stuff," he said. "We need to keep on going."
Brandon Cerny threw touchdown passes of 78 yards to Jordan Malinovsky and 35 yards to Caleb Oden.
"That's what it was," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "They also packed the line of scrimmage, and when you bust the line of scrimmage it opens it up for big plays."
Goliad had success moving the ball, as quarterback Rocky Morris passed for 233 yards and had touchdown passes of 45 yards to Trevor Parr and 74 yards to Logan Bland.
But the Tigers had difficulty completing drives. Goliad turned the ball over on downs at the Shiner 5- and 16-yard lines, and an interception by Tyler Mikes ended another drive at the Shiner 23.
"The first half, I think we ran 33 plays and they ran 12 and they just big played us," said Goliad coach Bobby Nicholson. "This goes along with being a young team. I think the first drive of the game was like 6½ minutes and you have to finish that drive."
Shiner rushed for 329 yards and accounted for 498 yards of total offense.
"The potential is there for us to be a big-play team," Cerny said. "But as our line comes along, I think we're going to be a good veer team as well."
Nicholson also expects to see improvement from the Tigers.
"I just told our kids the score really doesn't reveal because we played hard," he said. "We got after them. We're just asking for another week like that. All I'm asking them is to believe in what's going on."
GAME STATISTICSsource: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/sports/games/results/football/goliad-at-shiner/6289/ Shiner 34 vs. Goliad 13 August 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Shiner Comanche Stadium, Shiner High School SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Goliad 7 0 0 6 -- 13 Shiner 7 13 14 0 -- 34 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dadrian Taylor 95 run (Cole Jalufka kick), 7:21 G - Trevor Parr 45 pass from Rocky Morris (Lee Ojeda kick), 2:27 Second Quarter S - Justin Stein 95 run (Jalufka kick), 7:21 S - Taylor 56 pass from Brandon Cerny (kick failed), 5:01 Third Quarter S - Jordan Malinovsky 78 pass from Cerny (Jalufka kick), 7:28 S - Caleb Oden 35 pass from Cerny (Jalufka kick), 2:31 Fourth Quarter G - Logan Bland 74 pass from Morris (kick failed), 8:07 TEAM STATISTICS: Gol Shi First Downs 11 12 Rushes 34 36 Yards Rushing 146 329 Passes 19-10-0-1 8-3-0-2 Yards Passing 233 169 Punts 33.60 32.00 Fumbles-lost 5-0 2-0 Penalties-yards 9-68 8-44 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Goliad Kamron Boggess 3-(-3), Orion Hosey 7-32, Logan Bland 11-86, Rocky Morris 13-31 Shiner Brandon Cerny 4-10, Charles Haynes 2-3, Dadrian Taylor 8-173, Justin Stein 12-137, Daquan Hall 1-(-6), Jacob Cowan 7- 17, Ty Boedeker 1-(-5) Passing Goliad Rocky Morris 19-10-233-1 Shiner Brandon Cerny 8-3-169-2 Receiving Goliad Kamron Boggess 1- 4, Trey Ingram 3-43, Logan Bland 2-85, Trevor Parr 4-101 Shiner Caleb Oden 1-35, Dadrian Taylor 1-56, Jordan Malinovsky 1-78
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