GOLIAD – Shiner and Goliad began Friday’s ( September 28, 2018 ) non-district game ranked No. 2 in their respective classifications.
Shiner's Cody Rainosek tackles Goliad's Darese Steptoe during Friday's ( September 28, 2018 ) game at Tiger Stadium. all photos by Kayla Renie, Victoria Advocate photojournalist
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The game lived up to the hype and the two teams kept things close until the fourth quarter.
Shiner trailed Goliad 20-14 with minutes left in the fourth quarter when Donyai Taylor caught a game- winning 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Mikes to give the Comanches a 21-20 win over the Class 3A Tigers on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Comanches improved to 5-0 on the season. The Tigers fell to 4-1.
Taylor paced the Comanches with 254 yards of total offense and scored all three touchdowns.
“It was a very hard fought and physical game,” said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. “We had a lot of tough breaks but we never quit. We got some big plays offensively and our defense played really well. It was a great team effort.”
Goliad struck first toward the end of the first quarter behind junior backup quarterback Cameron Morris.
Starting quarterback Rocky Morris had to sit out the first half after being ejected in last week’s game against Rockport-Fulton.
Cameron Morris got off to a good start after hooking up with Jackson Taylor on a fade route to cap off a 41-yard drive.
The point after attempt was blocked by Taylor and the Tigers led 6-0.
Shiner answered on a 49-yard run by Taylor with 5 minutes left in the first half.
But the Tigers responded when Chris Torres caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Morris.
Each team added another touchdown before halftime.
Taylor scored on an 89-yard run and Goliad’s Ryan De La Garza caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Morris.
Each team remained scoreless until Taylor’s game-winner. Taylor led Shiner’s offense with 187 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Mikes passed for 166 yards and Doug Brooks rushed for 60 yards to pace the Comanches.
In his first start of the season, Cameron Morris passed for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Torres finished with 82 receiving yards, while De La Garza had one catch for 38 yards.
Rocky Morris, who entered the game in the third quarter, rushed for 84 yards to lead the Tigers on the ground.
He left the game after sustaining a broken collarbone.
“I thought Cameron did a great job and executed everything we talked about all week offensively in the first half,” said Goliad coach Bobby Nicholson. “Shiner had three or four big plays offensively that were costly.”
The Tigers have a bye week before starting District 14-3A, Division I play on Oct. 12 against Luling.
Shiner will play one more non-district game against Lexington next Friday in Lexington.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a bunch of young men for the way the next guy stepped up all night,” Nicholson said. “We will be fine. It doesn’t seem like it, but this game helped a lot.”
Sports Editor Mike Forman contributed to this story.
Shiner's Cross Rankin punts during Friday's ( September 28, 2018 ) game against Goliad at Tiger Stadium.
Shiner's Doug Brooks tries to outrun Goliad's defense during Friday's ( September 28, 2018 ) Shiner vs. Goliad game at Tiger Stadium.
Shiner's Donyai Taylor tries to throw while being pressured by Goliad's Hayden Reitz during Friday's ( September 28, 2018 ) game at Tiger Stadium in Goliad.
Goliad's Daniel Rodriguez gets tackled by Shiner's Tyler Palmer during Friday's ( September 28, 2018 ) Shiner vs. Goliad game at Tiger Stadium.
|Blake McCracken is a freelance sports writer in Victoria.|
Kayla Renie is a photojournalist with the Victoria Advocate.
Contact her at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GAME STATISTICSsource: Victoria Advocate Digital Edition, September 30, 2018 Shiner 21, Goliad 20 September 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Tiger Stadium, Goliad SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Shiner 0 14 0 7 -- 21 Goliad 6 14 0 0 -- 20 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter G: Jackson Taylor 11 pass from Cameron. Morris kick blocked, 0:17. Second Quarter S: Donyai Taylor 49 run. Cross Rankin kick good. 5:22. G: Chris Torres 63 pass from Morris. Taylor kick good, 4:24. S: D. Taylor 89 run. Rankin kick good. 3:14. G: Ryan DeLaGarza 38 pass from Morris. Taylor kick good. 0:32. Third Quarter no score. Fourth Quarter S: D. Taylor 64 pass from Tyler Mikes. Rankin kick good. TEAM STATISTICS: Shiner Goliad First downs 9 12 Yards rushing 31-256 37-147 Yards passing 166 197 Passes 5-6-0-1 10-16-0-3 Punts 6-176 7-238 Fumbles-lost 4-2 4-1 Penalty-yards 9-65 5-45 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Brooks 12-60, D. Taylor 14-187-2, Mikes 4-11, Zane Rhodes 1-(-2). Goliad: C. Morris 11-(-7), Rocky Morris 3-84, Darese Steptoe 2-2, Daniel Rodriguez 17-73, J. Taylor 2-4, Torres 1-(-6), Coy Hoskins 1-7. Passing Shiner: Mikes 5-6-166-1-0. Goliad: C. Morris 9-15-182-3-0, R. Morris 1-1-15-0-0. Receiving Shiner: Doug Brooks 1-16, Cole Patek 2-63, Rankin 1-13, D. Taylor 1-64-1. Goliad: Cade Dillard 1-3. Steptoe 3-39. J. Taylor 3-35-1 , Torres 2-82-1, DeLaGarza 1-38-1