A great way to start the 2018 season. The Shiner football team herded neighbors Hallettsville Brahmas 21-0 Friday night ( August 31, 2018 ) at Comanche Stadium.
Shiner defenders (not in order) Gage Brooks, Michael Rodriguez, Chris Reyes, Collin Bujnoch, C.J. Miller, Cole Patek and Donyai Taylor greet a Brahmas ball carrier Friday night ( August 31, 2018 ) at Comanche Stadium. Shiner got the shutout and the first win over Hallettsville in 27 years. photo courtesy of Lori Raabe
It was the first win over Hallettsville for the Comanches since 1991, a 32-27 Shiner win.
“We’ve had some close games with them but we just could not pull it out in the end,” Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. “Last year, they put it on us real good. Tonight, we turned the tide. I was very proud of the effort the our guys gave.”
It was a total team effort as the Comanches were balanced with 155 rushing, 140 passing yard; the defense held the Brahma spread attack to just 162 yards, gained two turnovers and forced five punts.
“I was really proud of the fact we got a lot of help from a lot of kids. It was not just the starters,” Cerny said. “The backups stepped in and did great; we had great special teams play. Cross (Rankin) did a good job kicking; Tyler (Mikes) did great punting for the first time. We had good coverage although Hallettsville almost broke through a couple of times.”
After exchanging punts on the first drives for each team, Hallettsville had a long drive of 15 plays, getting down to the Shiner 35 after starting at their own 13 but eventually stalled on a penalty and ended up punting.
Shiner started at its 24 but backed up 10 yards on a holding call. After a 4-yard run by Lane Nevlud, Mikes found open tight end Cole Patek for a huge 69-yard pass to the Brahmas 13. Two plays later, Mikes scored from 10 yards on the first play of the second quarter for a 7-0 Shiner lead.
Later in the second quarter, Hallettsville had a short punt to its 47. The Brahmas were able to drop Shiner for a 2-yard loss but on the next play, Mikes found running back Donyai Taylor open down the left for a 49-yard touchdown strike and a 14-0 Shiner lead with 5:52 left in the half.
To start the third quarter, the Brahmas had another long drive deep inside Shiner territory. Receiver Jayce Bludau had three catches for 33 yards and Travis Matulla had a 22-yard catch. Hallettsville got to the Shiner 2, was pushed back by the Shiner defense and faced fourth down at the 8.
The Brahmas went for it and failed to convert.
Hallettsville was able to get the ball back on a turnover inside the Shiner side but that drive ended as Shiner’s Hunter Kloesel picked off a pass which was the Comanches second interception of the game as Taylor got one late in the second quarter.
The ensuing drive started at the Shiner 9 and they drove 91 yards in eight plays.
Patek had a 22-yard grab and Doug Brooks capped the drive with a 4-yard run with 11:06 left in the game.
GAME STATISTICSShiner 21, Hallettsville 0 August 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 F Hallettsville 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Shiner 0 14 0 7 -- 21 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter no score Second Quarter S — Collin Bujnoch 3 run (kick failed), 3:23 1Q. Y — Ethan Queen 41 pass from Jayden Webb (Cruzito Medina kick), 0:53 2Q. S — Tyler Mikes 10 run (Cross Rankin kick), 11:54 2Q. S — Donyai Taylor 49 pass from Mikes (Rankin kick), 5:52 2Q. Third Quarter no score Fourth Quarter S —Doug Brooks 4 run (Rankin kick), 11:36 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Hallettsville Shiner First downs 11 10 Rushing 24-(-10) 37-155 Passing 17-32-2 3-5 Passing yards 172 140 Penalties 6-65 6-56 Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-1 Punting 5-27.8 4-38.25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing H: Jonathon Brooks 12-14, Trace Jordan 12-(-24). S: Zane Rhodes 5-74, Tyler Mikes 8-27, Lane Nevlud 8-24, Doug Brooks 5-20, Donyai Taylor 4-6, Collin Bujnoch 2-5, Trevor Haynes 1-(-1). Passing H: Trace Jordan 17-32-2-172. S: Tyler Mikes 3-5-0-140. Receiving H: Jayce Bludau 6-52, Travis Matulla 3-34, Jonathon Brooks 3-34, Ty Gerke 3-19, Lane Lihart 2-33. S: Cole Patek 2-91, Donyai Taylor 1-49
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