Victoria Advocate AdvoSports

Comanches bring home third state football championship
(w/ photo gallery)

Thursday, December 17, 2020
story by Mike Forman, Advocate Sports Editor, with photos by Duy Vu, Advocate Photographer

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Shiner's Doug Brooks stiff-arms a defender during the Class 2A, Division I state final game against Post at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
all photos by Duy Vu, Victoria Advocate photographer
ARLINGTON - Doug Brooks was willing to do anything he could to bring Shiner its third state championship.

So Brooks did a little bit of everything in the Comanches' 42-20 Class 2A, Division I state final win over Post before a crowd of 6,555 on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

"Making plays gives the team a boost," Brooks said. "I feel like when I'm on the field, I guess you could say my feelings help with everyone else's feelings. If I just keep my head up and help with my play, everyone else will follow."

Brooks, a junior, contributed on offense, defense and special teams, as Shiner (14-0) pulled away in the second half.

"We tell Doug quite often we're glad he's on our team," said Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker. "He's a force wherever you put him on the field, whether it's offense, defense or special teams. He's a great football player and a very smart football player.

"He studies a lot of film and you can't teach that to a kid. That's something they have in their heart and it means a lot to them and it's important to him. He puts a lot of pride into his work between the weight room and the classroom and that's what makes him such a special kid."

Brooks got Shiner on the scoreboard when he ripped the ball out of the hands of Post quarterback Slayden Pittman and returned it 19 yards to the 1-yard line before handing it to teammate Max Machacek, who scored the touchdown.

"On film they held the ball loose a lot," Brooks said. "At the beginning of the year, I told the D-line and the O-line if I get the chance, I'm going to get you all a touchdown and I just took my opportunity."

Brooks had four tackles, returned a punt 20 yards, and carried the ball six times for 65 yards.

Doug Brooks was selected as the game's defensive MVP and his brother, Dalton Brooks, a sophomore, was the offensive MVP.

Dalton Brooks carried six times for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

"It means a lot," Dalton Brooks said. "We came in here and weren't going to let the team lose. When things get rough, we came together and came back out the second half and the defense started making stops. We made a bit more plays than other people."

The Antelopes (15-1) were able to hang with Shiner in the first half and went to the locker room trailing 21-20, despite losing Pittman, the starting quarterback, to an injury in the first half.

"It's kind of tough at our level once Slayden was hurt," said Post coach Michael Pittman, Slayden's father. "It was like 85% of our offense was out the window. We had to be very basic. There weren't a whole lot of options. They adapted and kept fighting, but it handcuffed us as the amount of different things we could do."

Post used a zone-read attack and hurt the Comanches with some big plays.

"We kind of tried to adjust on the run out there with some things we've done in the past," Boedeker said. "Our angles were not very good, and our tackling was not very good. The kids knew that when they came in at halftime.

"We put a few wrinkles in here and there and moved some kids around in some spots. We tried to attack a little bit more and not play so cautious. I thought once we got a little bit more aggressive - that's the way these kids are used to playing - we did a better job in the second half."

Doug Brooks gave Shiner some cushion when he blocked a punt on Post's first possession of the third quarter and recovered it just before it went out of the end zone.

"They're definitely two special kids," Boedeker said of the Brooks brothers. "They're not only great athletes, they're great students, great people and come from a great family. They're very humble They mean a whole lot to the team because they're game changers."

Shiner also hurt Post with its passing game. Quarterback Tyler Palmer completed 4 of 5 passes for 121 yards and a 28-yard touchdown to tight end Michael Williams.

"They were giving us a little trouble running the ball sometimes," Palmer said. "When we got in a passing situation, I just looked for the open guy and hit them."

The Comanches began the season ranked No. 1 and a team with 21 seniors let nothing stand, including the COVID-19 pandemic, in the way of finishing on top.

"It's an awesome feeling to see the look on the faces of these kids to realize they accomplished a goal they set out to do when we got the OK to start our strength and conditioning," Boedeker said. "They didn't skip a beat. They were determined and it was a very special group to work with week to week. They took care of all the little details to get to this point and they finished it off the best way they can finish it off."

source: Victoria Advocate Photo Gallery
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The Shiner Comanches huddle in the tunnel before coming out to take on Post.
Reshaley Schafer, left, and Lyric Huskey, right, watch as the Shiner Comanches come out of the tunnel.
Led by his brother Doug Brooks, Shiner's Dalton Brooks runs the ball down the field.
Shiner's Zane Rhodes runs past several Post defenders.
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Shiner's Doug Brooks is knocked off his feet.
Shiner's Ryan Peterson extends his arm in an attempt to get the interception against Post.
Linda Beal cheers on the Shiner Comanches.
Shiner's Trevor Haynes, right, confronts Post's Ashton Jefferson.
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Shiner's Doug Brooks runs down the field after taking the ball away from a Post player.
Shiner's Doug Brooks hands off the ball off his teammate Max Machacek.
Shiner's Max Machacek celebrates after running the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
A Shiner cheerleader holds on to the Shiner Comanches flag.
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Shiner's Dalton Brooks slips past a defender and scores a touchdown.
Bryleigh Neskora, 6, reacts to a play.
Shiner's Michael Williams screams in excitement after scoring a touchdown.
Post's ball carrier is taken down to the ground by Shiner linebacker Colter Darilek (9).
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Shiner's Doug Brooks, left, and Tyler Bishop, right, carry their teammate Hunter Nevlud, middle, to the field so he can play during the final minute of the game.
Shiner's Bryce Filip, right, hugs his teammate Eli Fric as the Comanches seals the victory
Shiner accepts their Class 2A State Football Championship trophy from a UIL official. Shiner celebrates its 42-20 state championship win over Post.
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  source: Victoria Advocate Game Statistics, December 17, 2020

  Shiner 42, Post 20
    UIL Class 2A, Division I State Championship Final
    December 17, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.
    AT&T Stadium, Arlington


                  1    2    3    4      F
  Shiner         14    7   14    7  -- 42
  Post            6   14    0    0  -- 20


    First Quarter
      S: Max Machacek 1 yd fumble recovery [from Doug Brooks], (Connor Winkenwerder kick), 6:44
      P: Avery Clarkson 4 run, (Avery Clarkson run failed), 3:33
      S: Zane Rhodes 3 run, (Winkenwerder kick), 0:38

    Second Quarter
      P: Nathan McDaniel 78 run, (Clarkson run failed), 11:46
      S: Dalton Brooks 18 run, (Winkenwerder kick), 9:13
      P: McDaniel 35 run, (McDaniel run), 5:53

    Third Quarter
      S: Doug Brooks 0 yd blocked punt return, (Winkenwerder kick), 9:45
      S: Dalton Brooks 24 run, (Winkenwerder kick), 3:08

    Fourth Quarter
      S: Michael Williams 27 yd pass from Tyler Palmer, (Winkenwerder kick), 2:39


                       Shiner        Post
    First downs            16          13
    Yards rushing      40-262      42-269
    Yards passing         121         127
    Passes            4-5-1-0     4-5-0-1
    Punts                  52        18.5
    Fumbles-lost          1-0         4-2
    Penalty-yards        7-60        8-53


    Shiner: Zane Rhodes 10-88, Doug Brooks 8-65, Dalton Brooks 6-55, Tyler Palmer 6-33,
            Trevor Haynes 7-25, TEAM 3-(-4);
    Post: Nathan McDaniel 7-126, Avery Clarkson 17-84, Ashton Jefferson 12-56, Steven Huff 1-6,
            Slayden Pittman 3-6, TEAM 2-(-9)

    Shiner: Tyler Palmer 4-5-121-1-0;
    Post: Nathan McDaniel 3-3-92-0-0, Avery Clarkson 0-1-0-0-1, Slayden Pittman 1-1-35-0-0

    Shiner: Tyler Bishop 2-83, Michael Williams 2-38;
    Post: Josiah Ward 3-90, Krece Kirkpatrick 1-37

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-6588 or,
or on Twitter @mikeforman21.
Duy Vu Duy Vu is a staff photographer with the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-1240 or,
or on Twitter @duydotdecimal.

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