FLORESVILLE — Doug Brooks noticed something about the Freer ball carriers during Shiner’s film sessions.
Shiner warms up before its bi-district playoff game against Freer. photos by Mike Forman
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The Comanches took what Brooks saw and put it into action during Thursday night’s Class 2A, Division I bi-district playoff game.
“It looked like they were holding the ball loosely,” Brooks said. “We were able to take advantage of it tonight.”
The Shiner defense forced five turnovers, including two strip fumbles, while running off with a 77-7 win at a chilly Eschenburg Field.
The No. 2 Comanches improved to 11-0 and moved into the area round against the winner of Friday’s Hearne-Bracketville game.
“Big plays, it’s like we always preach,” said Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker. “When you get in the playoffs and big games throughout the year, guys have to make big plays, and once again we had several guys step up.”
The big plays came fast and furious for Shiner in a first half when it had only 12 offensive snaps but built a 69-0 lead.
“We came out with a lot of energy, a lot of fire,” Boedeker said. “We’re excited to be here in the playoffs, and the kids brought another energy level; I’m proud of their effort.”
The Comanches wasted no time taking control, as Dalton Brooks returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown.
Shiner wasn’t finished, scoring five more times in the first quarter on a 36-yard run by Doug Brooks, a 40-yard return of a stripped ball by Trevor Haynes, a 14-yard run by quarterback Tyler Palmer, a 34-yard pass by Palmer to Zane Rhodes, and a 33-yard run by Devin Lehnert.
“The less snaps the better,” said Doug Brooks, who ran 66 yards for a touchdown on his only other carry in the second quarter. “We showed that Shiner is here to play.”
Donyai Taylor added a 67-yard touchdown run, Haynes ran 24 yards for a touchdown, and Palmer threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Rhodes before halftime.
“We weren’t holding back,” said senior Cole Patek. “We’ve got to treat every game like it’s the last.”
“Our defense is getting better each week,” Boedeker said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence and they’re playing all together and it’s been big for us. I’m seeing improvements from things we struggled with early in the year.”
Shiner used its reserves the entire second half, which was played with a running clock.
The Comanches’ final score came on a 24-yard run by Noah Nevlud in the third quarter.
“I feel great about the way we played,” Doug Brooks said. “Coach Boedeker says to play fast and physical and I think we lived up to it. We’re going up the ladder like coach B always tells us.”
GAME STATISTICSsource: Victoria Advocate Game Statistics, November 15, 2019 Shiner 77, Freer 7 UIL Class 2A, Division I Bi- District November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. Eschenburg Field, Floresville SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Freer 0 0 0 7 -- 7 Shiner 42 27 8 0 -- 77 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter S - Dalton Brooks 82 kickoff return (Connor Winkenwerder kick), 11:49 S - Doug Brooks 36 run (Winkenwerder kick), 8:36 S - Trevor Haynes 40 fumble return (Winkenwerder kick), 8:20 S - Tyler Palmer 14 run (Winkenwerder kick), 8:00 S - Dalton Brooks 34 pass from Palmer (Winkenwerder kick), 5:22 S - Devin Lehnert 33 run (Winkenwerder kick), 2:32 Second Quarter S - Donyai Taylor 67 run (Winkenwerder kick), 11:45 S - Doug Brooks 66 run (Winkenwerder kick), 9:20 S - Haynes 24 run (Winkenwerder kick), 4:08 S - Zane Rhodes 46 pass from Palmer (kick failed), 1:30 Third Quarter S - Noah Nevlud 24 run (Michael Williams pass from Kyle Peterson), 5:18 Fourth Quarter F - Elliot Ramirez 13 pass from Hondo Bierstedt (Lonnie Adams kick), 6:24 TEAM STATISTICS: Freer Shiner First downs 9 15 Yards rushing 25-27 22-348 Yards passing 80 114 Passes 6-14-1 3-3-0 Punts 6-145 0 Fumbles-lost 4-4 2-0 Penalty-yards 4-25 9-80 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Shiner: Doug Brooks 2-102; Donyai Taylor 3-86; Noah Nevlud 3-38; Devin Lehnert 1-33; Maklyn Burchell 3-29; Eli Fric 5-27; Ryan Peterson 2-18; Tyler Palmer 1-14; Zane Rhodes 2-1; Freer: Lonnie Adams 12-26; Hondo Bierstedt 9-7; Ryan Buhidar 2-(-1); Jose Gonzalez 2-(-2); Aaron Garza 1-(-3). Passing Shiner: Palmer 3-3-114-2-0; Freer: Bierstedt 6-14-80-1-1. Receiving Shiner: Rhodes 1-46-1; Dalton Brooks 1-34-1; Cole Patek 1-34; Freer: Elliot Ramirez 4-64-1; Ryan Buhidar 2-16.
|Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or @mikeforman21 on Twitter|