VANDERBILT – Wet and muddy field conditions made holding onto the football a difficult task during Friday night’s matchup between Shiner and Industrial at Cobra Field.
And it was a turnover early in the game that set the tone in the fourth-ranked Comanches’ 14-0 victory.
On the game’s third play from scrimmage, Shiner’s Donyai Taylor stripped the ball from Industrial’s Derrick Cann and returned it 50 yards for a score that gave the Comanches a lead they would never relinquish.
“They tried to run the sweep to the left side,” Taylor said, describing the play. “I grabbed him (Cann), he bounced back and I grabbed him again and just took the ball away from him. That play definitely got our defense going.”
After forcing the Cobras to punt on their next possession, Shiner took over and drove to the 5-yard line. But on fourth-and-goal from the 5, Comanches freshman fullback Doug Brooks was stopped short of the goal line to keep Shiner from adding to its lead.
“It felt like a heavyweight title fight,” Industrial coach Jamie Dixon said of Friday’s game. “It was a slugfest. I’m proud of our kids. They never gave up. They fought for four quarters. I can’t say enough about their effort. Shiner is a class-act program and our kids responded. Our defense was playing lights out.”
The Comanches added their second touchdown of the night early in the second quarter when senior quarterback Tyler Mikes took it into the end zone from 3 yards out. Mikes’ scoring run was set up when he connected with C.J. Miller for a 34-yard pass inside the 5.
Mikes’ night would end, however, on Shiner’s next possession. Mikes had trouble handling the snap throughout the night and when he attempted to recover a mishandled snap midway through the second quarter, he took a helmet-to-helmet hit and suffered a concussion.
“We had a lot of trouble with the snaps,” said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. “Then we started panicking and that made it worse. It’s frustrating, but we’ll figure it out. We played hard tonight, we just made too many mistakes: fumbles and penalties.”
Cerny said Mikes’ injury was “nothing major” and he will go through concussion protocol next week.
The Comanches took their 14-0 lead into halftime after Industrial missed a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
The second half was a defensive struggle as Shiner held on for the victory.
“We have to go back to fundamentals,” Taylor said. “We need to keep working and get better. I feel like we’re getting tougher as the weeks go by.”
Brooks led the Comanches offensively with 57 rushing yards on nine carries. Junior quarterback Karston Wimberly led Industrial with 65 rushing yards on 19 carries. He also completed 9 of 19 passes for 83 yards.
“Once we get our timing down, we’re going to be real good,” Dixon said. “I’m proud of the way our kids fought. They didn’t back down.”
Industrial remains home to face St. Joseph next week, while Shiner returns home to take on Burton.
“We’re not where we need to be. We need to get better,” Cerny said. “The positive thing is we got the win and that’s the most important thing.”
GAME STATISTICSsource: Victoria Advocate Digital Edition Shiner 21, Hallettsville 0 August 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 7 7 0 0 -- 14 Industrial 0 0 0 0 -- 0 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter Shiner: Donyai Taylor 50 fumble return (Cross Rankin kick). 10:54 Second Quarter Shiner: Tyler Mikes 3 run (Rankin kick). 10:02 Third Quarter no score. Fourth Quarter no score. TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Industrial First Downs 6 10 Yards rushing 27-118 31-74 Yards passing 34 83 Passes 1-1-0-34 9-19-1-83 Punts 4-370 5-290 Fumbles-lost 8-3 4-1 Penalty-yards 3-15 2-7 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Doug Brooks 9-57, Devin Lehnert 7-24. Donyai Taylor 9-16. Lane Nevlud 3-17, Trevor Haynes 2-4, Tyler Mikes 6-0. Industrial: Karston Wimberly 19-65, Blayne Moreland 3-11, Derrick Cann 6-1, Michael Williams 3-(-3). Passing Shiner: Mikes. 1-1-0-34. Industrial: Wimber1y. 9-19-1-83. Receiving Shiner. C.J. Miller 1-34. Industrial: Devin Barr 2-33, Connor Bamhart 3-32, Williams 4-18.