The Shiner Comanches turned a third quarter field goal attempt into a 7-point lead and a 14-7 win over the Schulenburg Pirates in Schulenburg last Friday. The Comanches faked the field goal and got the ball to Quentin Wright who tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Brooks for the winning score.
Jared Boedeker hits Schulenburg's Jeff Jurica as he attempts to throw a pass. The pigskin went up and into the hands of Shiner's Robbie Pavelka who returned it for a touchdown. (all photos by Shiner Gazette)
A determined offense and an aggressive defense dealt an early blow to the Schulenburg Shorthorns in a 28-14 win for Shiner Friday in Schulenburg.
The loss of quarterback Garet Pustka last week put added pressure on the Comanches and sophomore quarterback R.J. Lester, but the young signal caller guided the Comanche offense to a 21-point first quarter lead and an eventual 28-14 win.
"Lester did a good job stepping in at the quarterback position and Chris Baer had another good night running the ball," said Coach Steven Cerny.
Baer, who rushed for 83 yards in the game, was named Offensive MVP for the second straight week.
"We got a great start and that first drive gave us the spark we needed. We had no mistakes that entire first quarter."
Shiner scored on a 29-yard run, a 41-yard interception return and a 32-yard pass in the initial period. Lester and running back Chris Baer teamed up on a 69-yard opening drive for Shiner's first score.
The duo picked up 40 yards on seven plays to set up a 29-yard scoring run by Steven Evans. Lester kicked the first of four PATs and the Comanches led 7-0 with 8:04 left in the first period.
Robbie Pavelka scored on a 41-yard pass interception with 4:35 left in the quarter to put Shiner up, 14-0.
Robbie Pavelka (75) lunges toward the goal line after intercepting a pass. Blocking for him on the 41-yard scoring return are two Comanche linemen ... [the "Burchell Brothers", Jeremy (78) and Josh (84)].
Jeff Jurica, who dropped back to pass on a third-and-eight down, was hit by Jared Boedeker just as he released the ball. The ball floated a few yards in the air right into the hands of Pavelka.
Escorted by two teammates, the 220 pound defensive tackle rambled into the end zone for the touchdown. Pavelka, who also had eight tackles, was named Defensive MVP for the week.
Eric Grosenbacher intercepted a pass to stop a Schulenburg threat on the Shiner 16-yard line with 4:01 left on the first quarter clock.
The Comanches then marched 44 yards on seven plays to the Schulenburg 32. On fourth-and-seven, Lester pitched to Baer who lofted a pass to Desmond Brooks who crossed the goal line as the quarter ended.
A short kick off and a 15-yard penalty set up the shorthorns on the Comanche 43- yard line. Donte Turner, who was Schulenburg's leading rusher, carried twice to the 12. Two plays later he broke through the middle of the Comanche line and raced into the end zone for the score. Bradley Green's PAT cut the lead to 21-7.
Baer returned the ensuing kick off to the Shorthorn 14, but a clipping penalty sent the Comanches back to the 27. On second-and-twenty-three, Lester hit Casey Coleman over the middle who then raced to the 1-yard line. Coleman fumbled the ball on the tackle but managed to wrestle the ball back to retain possession. Lester then scored the touchdown and PAT for a 28-7 lead.
The Comanches set their sights on Schulenburg's speedster, Turner, and prevented the big play as the clock ticked off the remaining minutes of the half.
"Our defense was solid this week," said Coach Cerny. Turner is a good running back with speed who can make the big play.
"I was pleased with the way we kept him in check. He did get yards but we prevented the big run."
Cerny credited gang tackling, going to the ball and not giving up in keeping Turner from breaking loose.
Turning in key defensive plays were Pavelka, Ryan Spann, Josh Burchell, Quentin Wright and Steven Evans.
The Shorthorns took the second half kick off and thanks to a good run back and penalty got good field position on the Shiner 31.
A crucial fourth down pass from Jurica to Troy Cummins kept the drive alive to the 17-yard line. Shiner's defense stopped the Shorthorns on two downs but a pass interference call advanced the ball to the Shiner 6-yard line.
Turner then scored on a 4-yard run. Green's kick made the score 28- 14.
The rest of the second half was a defensive battle with neither team making much headway.
Schulenburg's last attempt at a comeback was thwarted by a stout Comanche defense with Spann getting a sack and Boedeker and Burchell stopping Turner's runs.
Shiner had no turnovers in the game, but were penalized six times for 81 yards. In addition to the defensive effort, the Comanche had a good effort by punter Steven Evans. Evans, who punted for a 41-yard average, kept the Shorthorns in their end of the field much of the night.
With 2:40 left, Shiner took over, made a first down and then ran the clock out for the win.
This week the Comanches host undefeated Boling in a 7:30 p.m. game at Comanche Stadium.
Boling (2-0) has three backs that have great speed and Coach Cerny expects it to be another tough game.
On tap during halftime is the presentation of the Lone Star Cup Award to Shiner High School.
GAME STATISTICS Shiner Schulenburg First Downs 12 13 Yards Rushing 37-152 39-173 Yards Passing 58 41 Passes 2-3-0 2-11-2 Punts 4-41.0 4-30.3 Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-0 Penalties-yards 6-81 6-45 SCORING DETAILS Shiner 21 7 0 0 -- 28 Schulenburg 0 7 7 0 -- 14 First Quarter Sh - Steven Evans 2 run (R.J. Lester kick), 8:04 Sh - Robbie Pavelka 41 interception return (Lester kick), 5:35 Sh - Desmond Brooks 32 pass from Chris Baer (Lester kick), :00 Second Quarter Sc - Donte Turner 12 run (Bradley Green kick), 10:23 Sh - Lester 1 run (Lester kick), 8:24 Third Quarter Sc - Turner 4 run (Green kick), 6:34