ROUND ROCK -- Shiner fans were ready to begin a victory party and Chilton fans were headed for the exits when Jamar Green firmly stated that he and the Pirates werenít through fighting.
Chilton quarterback Jamar Green slips past Shiner defenders during their 1A playoff game in Round Rock, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald)
A stunning series of plays by Green held the attention of everyone at Round Rock ISD Stadium until the final seconds Saturday night. In the end, though, Shiner kept the ball away from the Pirates long enough to grasp a 47-39 victory.
The Comanches advance to the 1A state championship game to play Windthorst at 7 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Shiner dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half as Chris Baer scored his second touchdown, a 48-yard rush, to put the Comanches ahead, 40-19, with nine minutes left.
A portion of the crowd on the Chilton side was moving toward the parking lot when Green made his first big play. Greenís brother, Corey Potts, took the ensuing kickoff after Baerís touchdown and pitched to Green.
"I saw the hole open up and just ran through it," said Green, who weaved into open field on the way to an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Greenís return, his fourth touchdown of the game, cut the Shiner lead to 14. The Piratesí defense forced the Comanches into a three-and-out and rushed punter Steven Evans into a nine-yard punt that gave Chilton the ball at the Shiner 31.
It took just two plays for Green to get loose again for a 25-yard touchdown run that made it a one-score contest with almost seven minutes remaining.
But the Comanche offense, which ate up almost eight minutes of the third quarter with a touchdown drive, marched 12 plays and took six minutes to score its final touchdown. Shiner quarterback Garet Pustka capped the drive with a one-yard scoring dive.
Trailing by 14 points with 39 seconds left, Green and company refused to give up.
Green threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Potts to cut the lead to eight. The Pirates extra-point attempt failed, but Chilton appeared to stay in the game once again when it recovered the ensuing onside kick.
However, the Pirates were flagged for illegal procedure and Pustka grabbed Chiltonís next effort. By squeezing the football one last time, Shiner was able to run out the clock.
"I thought we were going to come back," Green said. "I told our guys that it was going to be hard, but we had to want it. I honestly believe we wanted it, but they just outplayed us."
Green finished with 206 rushing yards and accounted for more than 330 in rushing, return and passing yardage.
"Heís a great player and he made some great plays," Chilton coach Lucky Gamble said. "But there were three or four critical plays that they made."
With the Pirates deep in Shiner territory trailing by two near the end of the second quarter, Green turned an apparent loss into a five-yard gain to Comancheís 1-yard line facing a fourth-and-goal with six seconds left in the half.
But Shiner defensive linemen Clayton McCorkle and Jeremy Burchell stood up Travis Landrum on a dive attempt and the Comanches hung on to a 21-19 lead going to intermission.
Chilton could have set up a rematch of the 1972 Class B championship game with a victory. The Pirates defeated Windthorst in that game, 6-0, to win the schoolís only football state title.
SCORING SUMMARY: C (1st): Jamar Green 4 run (Victor Flores kick). S (1st): Quentin Wright 41 run (Ryan Kloesel). C (1st): Green 36 run (kick blocked). S (2nd): Garet Pustka 24 run (Kloesel kick). C (2nd): Green 58 run (pass failed). S (2nd): Pustka 24 run (Kloesel kick). S (3rd): Chris Baer 1 run (Kloesel kick). S (3rd): Pustka 6 run (kick blocked). S (4th): Baer 48 run (kick failed). C (4th): Green 80 kickoff return (Flores kick). C (4th): Green 25 run (Flores kick). S (4th): Pustka 1 run (Kloesel kick). C (4th): Corey Potts 68 pass from Green (kick failed).