Both Shiner teams were on the road for their first scrimmages (last week): The Shiner Comanches were at Karnes City and the Shiner St. Paul Cardinals played at Nixon-Smiley.
Shiner Comanches at Karnes City
The Shiner football team goes through a workout earlier this month. Shiner scrimmaged at Karnes City Friday and hosts Luling today. photos by Mark Lube, Shiner Gazette
Shiner hit the field competitively for the first time as they scrimmaged at Karnes City Friday evening ( August 17, 2018 ).
“Overall, it went well. I was pleased,” Comanches head coach Steven Cerny said.
Shiner’s defense kept the Badgers out of the end zone.
“Our defense is very experienced. We are very big up front and were aggressive,” he said. “I liked the fact we played very fast.”
The Comanches did a good job in learning the new plays out of the ‘slot-bone’ system, scoring six times.
“Sometimes we went backwards but we have a lot of speed in the backfield and were constantly able to get big gains.”
Shiner has got very good depth on both sides of the football.
“We have backups for every position,” Cerny said. “That is important because of someone gets hurt or needs a break, someone else can come in at that spot.”
The Comanches host Luling in the Annual Towel Scrimmage this evening ( August 23, 2018 ) at Comanche Stadium. Fans are asked to bring either a white towel or HE liquid detergent as donation to the Lady Comanche and Comanche athletic programs.
Shiner’s first game is at home on August 31 against Hallettsville.
St. Paul Cardinals at Nixon-Smiley
The Cardinal offense works on a running play during a practice on Aug. 13. St. Paul scrimmaged at Nixon Friday. photos by Mark Lube, Shiner Gazette
You never want to come out of the first scrimmage feeling defeated or feeling you’ve found answers to the all the questions.
St. Paul scrimmaged at Nixon on Friday ( August 17, 2018 ) with each team putting the ball in the end zone four times.
“It was a good scrimmage. We did good things and made a couple of mistakes,” Cardinals head coach Jake Wachsmuth said. “We came out feeling like we are not where we want to be but if we continue to work hard, we will be okay.”
The Mustangs were able to use some advanced plays to be a thorn in the side of the St. Paul defense.
“Our defense stopped basic plays. They did get us on a screen pass and some misdirection plays,” Wachsmuth said. “We showed our toughness and did a good job defending the pass.”
On offense, St. Paul had some players playing in a new spots.
Wachsmuth cited the situations of Zak Johnson and Dalton Jahn, who saw time at quarterback despite not playing in that position before this season.
St. Paul was not always consistent though.
“When we executed assignments well, we ran the plays well,” he said. “Late in the scrimmage, we showed our resilience by scoring a couple of touchdowns.”
The Cardinals are at Flatonia on Friday to scrimmage the Bulldogs and San Antonio Cole. The contest will began between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.
|Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org|