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Brooks brothers lead Shiner to 55-14 rout of Refugio
( Region 4 Final (Fourth Round) 2A-D1 Playoff Game )

Friday, December 3, 2021
Mike Forman, Advocate Sports Editor

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Led by his brother Doug Brooks (1), Shiner's Dalton Brooks (2) runs the ball during their Class 2A, Division I regional final against Refugio at Memorial Stadium on Thursday ( December 2, 2021 ).
photo by Duy Vu, Victoria Advocate photographer
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Dalton Brooks didn't need any extra incentive before Shiner's Class 2A, Division I regional final game against Refugio.

All he had to do was look at his phone to get himself ready.

"I was getting texts from coaches and they were like, 'Big players make plays in big games,'" Brooks said. "So that just motivated me a little more to do what I do in games."

Brooks rushed for 384 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Comanches to a 55-14 win over the Bobcats before a standing-room-only crowd Thursday night at Victoria's Memorial Stadium.

Shiner improved to 14-0 and moved into the semifinals against the winner of Friday night's Timpson-Centerville game.

"The offensive line told me they were going to make holes," Brooks said. "I told them I was going to break it and that's what we did."

With Texas Coach Steve Sarkisian watching from the sideline, Brooks carried 22 times and scored on runs of 2, 2, 71 and 83 yards in the first half, and 12 and 87 yards in the second half.

Brooks, a junior, got help from his older brother, Doug, who carried eight times for 179 yards and scored on runs of 41 and 3 yards.

"This was very exceptional," said Shiner coach Daniel Boedeker. "Dalton and Doug played really well and we had a lot of guys contribute tonight. Dalton had a great night. The bigger the game, the bigger he plays. He stays humble and we're happy to have him on our team and he's a great kid and a super athlete."

The Comanches threw only twice and did not complete a pass, but rushed for 583 yards, while averaging over 13 yards per carry.

"Our offensive line blocked their off," Doug Brooks said. "They do what they do every game. They had a helluva game, but that's what they do every game."

Neither of the Brooks brothers had a run for negative yards and they combined for 10 runs of 10 yards or more.

"We've really come together throughout the whole year," said Shiner offensive lineman A.J. Patek. "It's been great. We're starting to move people more and more and we're playing as one and it feels great."

Shiner handed Refugio (13-1) its worst defeat since Canadian beat the Bobcats 61-20 in the 2015 state final.

"We tried running the football, we tried throwing the football, we tried both quarterbacks, we tried everything," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "They do a great job. They're very athletic and they're very well coached and their offensive line may be as good as last year and doesn't get enough credit. But there's no doubt those two brothers may be the best players from 6A on down. Nos. 1 and 2, we had no answer."

Shiner's first touchdown came after Tyler Bishop intercepted a Kelan Brown screen pass and returned it 12 yards to the Refugio 8-yard line to set up Dalton Brooks' 2-yard run.

"Momentum's huge," Boedeker said. "That was a big play right there and we were able to score and gain some confidence in what we're doing and it slowed the game down a little bit for us and our kids were able to adjust to some of the things they were doing without having to panic. We knew they were one play away from scoring and our kids were able to focus the whole game."

Refugio missed an opportunity to score first when Brown had a potential touchdown pass dropped.

Brown, a freshman, and Caleb Hesseltine, a junior who was recovering from an ankle injury, were under constant pressure and were sacked five times.

"We came into this game knowing they were a really good football team," said Refugio senior Jordan Kelley." We had a good defensive plan and a good offensive plan and we really didn't execute the way we needed to tonight."

Refugio had not scored less than 54 points in any game this season, but was limited to 212 total yards. The Bobcats' touchdowns came on runs of 4 and 5 yards by Eziyah Bland, who carried 18 times for 113 yards.

"I thought our defense played outstanding tonight," Boedeker said. "That's one of the best offenses in the state and our kids stepped up and met the challenge. I thought our guys were able to get pressure on the quarterback and they missed a few plays that could have gone their way and we caught a few breaks there. But I thought the overall effort on defense was really good tonight."

Shiner hopes to turn the effort and performance into a second consecutive state championship.

"I'm going to try and take it all the way," Dalton Brooks said. "My team, my friends, my family and all the supporters. Everybody is a part of it."

NOTES: Shiner has defeated Refugio twice in a row for the first time. The Comanches captured a 24-13 win in last year's regional final. Refugio leads the overall series 6-3.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or
Duy Vu Duy Vu is a staff photojournalist at the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-574-1204 or

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  source: Victoria Advocate Game Statistics, December 3, 2021

  Shiner 55, Refugio 14
    2A-DI Region 4 Final (State Quarterfinal) Playoff Game
    Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
    Memorial Stadium, Victoria


                  1    2    3    4      F
  Shiner         13   22   13    7  -- 55
  Refugio        0     7    0    7  -- 14


    First Quarter
      S: Dalton Brooks 2 run (Ryan Peterson kick good) 4:23
      S: Dalton Brooks 2 run (kick failed) 0:57

    Second Quarter
      R: Eziyah Bland 4 run (Alex Placencia kick good) 11:54
      S: Dalton Brooks 71 run (kick failed) 11:00
      S: Dalton Brooks 83 run (2pt conversion Doug Brooks good) 7:46
      S: Doug Brooks 41 run (Peterson kick good) 4:29

    Third Quarter
      S: Doug Brooks 3 run (Peterson kick good) 6:57
      S: Dalton Brooks 12 run (kick failed) 1:24

    Fourth Quarter
      S: Dalton Brooks 87 run (Peterson kick good) 11:03
      R: Bland 5 run (Placencia kick good) 1:03


                      Shiner          Refugio
    First downs           17               15
    Yards rushing     42-583           41-105
    Yards passing          0              107
    Passes             0-2-0          10-21-1
    Punts              4-107            5-229
    Fumbles-lost         1-1              2-0
    Penalty-yards       7-55            10-92


    Shiner:  Dalton Brooks 22-384-6, Doug Brooks 8-179-2, Bech Bishop 6-21, Carson Schutte 2-3,
             Drew Wenske 1-(-1), Trace Bishop 1-(-2), Team 2-(-3);
    Refugio: Eziyah Bland 15-113-2, Jason Moore 2-22, Jordan Kelley 5-21, Jordan King 6-7, Ernest Campbell 1-2, Dezmon Brown 1-1,
             Antwaan Gross 2-(-3), Caleb Hesseltine 3-(-12), Kelan Brown 3-(-24), Team 1-(-12).

    Shiner:  Drew Wenske 0-2-0-0-0;
    Refugio: Hesseltine 5-9-61-0-0, K. Brown 5-12-46-0-1.

    Shiner:  n/a
    Refugio: Campbell 3-68, Moore 3-11, Ty LaFrance 2-18, Gross 2-10.


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