This week, the Shiner Comanches return home to face Burton in Homecoming for the first of two games at Comanche Stadium. Shiner St. Paul starts a two-week road trip, commencing with Austin Saints.
Burton Panthers at Shiner Comanches
Two ranked teams meet up at Comanche Stadium this week as 2A-D2 No. 10 Burton plays 2A-D1 No. 4 Shiner for the Comanches' Homecoming game.
NOTE: Due to approaching storms, this game was moved up from Friday's scheduled date to Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Burton returned 25 lettermen, nine offensive and six defensive starters from their 13-2, state-semifinals 2017 campaign.
Burton split their first two games, losing at Lexington 54-20 and beating Milano on the road 47-16. This will be the Burton’s third straight away game.
“Burton is very fast and speedy team. It will be a good test to gauge where we are at. With both teams ranked, it’s going to be a big game,” Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said.
The Panther’s two sharpest offensive claws are athlete De’Monderick Winters and quarterback Caleb Harmel.
“Harmel is a good runner, very strong and throws well,” Cerny said. “Winters excels at both running back and receiver. We have to make them drive the football and not give up a big play.”
Shiner is 2-0 and has not allowed a point for the opponents yet in 21-0 and 14-0 shutouts against Hallettsville and at Industrial, respectively.
“Our defense has played well in both games. They were on the field a lot against Industrial and stepped up,” Cerny said.
Burton’s defense is expected line up either in a 5-2 or a 4-3.
The Comanches offense has had a unusually high number of fumbles. “We had an issue with fumbled snaps that we will work to correct,” Cerny said.
|Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org