Game Preview: Goliad at Shiner
The Comanches will have the honor as serving as the opponents for the first-ever game as head coach for new Goliad boss, Bobby Nicholson.
Shiner will host the 3A-DI Tigers at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Comanche Stadium to start the 2016 season.
Nicholson is serving as an athletic director and head football coach for the first time in his career following several years as football offensive coordinator and head baseball coach at nearby Yoakum.
"I am expecting a tough game with Goliad as they have a new coach," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "We donít a whole lot about their new systems or about their special team play."
The Tigers return 17 lettermen but just five starters (four offense, one defense) from the 2015 regional semifinalist team.
Goliadís offensive effort will be led by running backs Orion Hosey, Logan Bland and Kameron Boggess along with receivers Ricky Waer and Trevon Parr, linemen Jaycob Lujan, Ezekial Palacios and Chris Banks.
Boggess (41 tackles, four sacks) at linebacker, as the only returning starter, will lead Goliadís effort and will be helped by tackle Bradley Warrick, linebacker Angel Hernandez, safety Jackson Taylor, linebacker Hayden Reitz and tackle Fabian Vargas.
Cerny said he is anticipating the Tigers to come out in in a spread look, and will run either than 4-3 or be mutiple on defense.
Goliad lost 24 lettermen from last yearís team. "They lost a lot but this yearí team has lots of size," Cerny said.
He said Shiner needs to execute the veer offense better.
"We did not let it get going in the scrimmage," Cerny said. "We have to protect the football and our linemen need to come off the ball quicker." Shinerís defense will have to play techniques better than in the scrimmages.
"We have to tackle well at the line of scrimmage instead of four or five yards up the field," Cerny said."
Another goal for the Comanches is to not have penalties and to be correctly aligned on special teams.
|Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org|