Hallettsville was a team with lots of speed but Shiner compounded the situation with its own errors.
Shiner's Rakin Wallace looks for an opening in game action against Hallettsville Friday night in Shiner. Photo by Howard Esse
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Jorian Wilson threw two touchdowns passes, Jashaun Price ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown with Damarion Austin and Tradyn Williams also scoring as the Brahmas dealt the Comanches a 41-8 loss at Comanche Stadium to open the season [ on Friday, August 25, 2023 ].
The Comanches had two turnovers, had 60 yards in penalties and did not finish some tackles which allowed the Brahmas to make several big plays.
"We did not help ourselves by getting penalties. We expected some penalties since it is the first game but it just happened way too much," Shiner head coach Daniel Boedeker said. "We had some third and fourth downs on defense where they scored. Those are plays we have to make and we will; it was a good learning point. It helped to see the speed Hallettsville has because we have to be able to play at that level. We have to take better angles and I was disappointed in our tackling as we had lots of missed tackles that gave them extra yards."
Boedeker knows that the Comanches will take the lessons they learned and get better gradually.
"I know these guys will get better because of the way they work," he said.
Shiner gained 224 yards of offense and ran the ball 40 times for 204 yards, led by Trace Bishop who had 14 carries for 104 yards with Drake Cerny rushing for 26 yards and one touchdown.
"Offensively, we got behind the chains a little but we moved the ball well at times. We would put decent drives together and then have a turnover or penalty that set us back. We saw good things that we are going to build on and improve," Boedeker said.
Shiner took the opening kickoff but went three plays and out, punting to the Brahmas 17. A 9-yard run on a jet sweep by Layne Gerke on third down from the Hallettsville 24 led to a Brahmas first down at the 43 and two plays later, Price ran 55-yards for a touchdown and 7-0 lead at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter.
Comanche Kyle Muehlstein hits Brahma quarterback Jorian Wilson, causing a fumble. Jared Werner also applies pressure. photo by Photos by Lori Raabe
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Hallettsville took advantage of another three and out, starting at its 29, going 71 yards in six plays. Rashaun Sidney took a screen pass from Wilson on 2nd-and-11 and gained 19 yards. A few plays later, Wilson slung a 14-yard pass to Price for a 13-0 lead with 2:49 left in the opening quarter after the point after was missed.
On the next drive, Shiner gained a first down after a 10-yard run by Rakin Wallace but Hallettsville grabbed an interception on the next play. The Brahmas got down to the Shiner 20 before Shiner's Kyle Muehlstein took down Wilson for a loss of 10 yards, forcing a fumble that Muehlstein recovered.
Shiner was unable to take full advantage and ended up punting, setting up the Brahmas at the Comanches 26 after the return. Hallettsville stalled a little and faced fourth down at the 23. Price took a handoff in the backfield and lofted a halfback pass to Gerke for a touchdown and 20-0 Brahma lead with 8:43 left in the first half.
A pre-snap penalty partly led to Shiner facing 4th-and-3 at their 39; Shiner rolled the dice, as quarterback Carson Schuette option pitched to Bishop who ripped off a 56-yard run inside the Brahmas 10 but fumbled the ball out of bounds; four plays later, Cerny scored from the 1 and Schuette completed a throw to Wallace to get Shiner within 20-8 with just a few minutes left in the second quarter. No one scored on the next two drives to end the half.
Hallettsville got a 13-yard run by Damarion Austin on the first play of the third quarter but he fumbled the ball and Schuette recovered. However, Shiner could not take advantage and failed a fourth-down conversion from the Brahmas 36.
The Brahmas scored twice in the third - a 38-yard pass from Wilson to Gerke and a 49-yard run by Austin.
Hallettsville stopped the Shiner offense by either a turnover or on fourth down while the Brahmas scored once in the fourth quarter, a 4-yard run by Tradyn Williams.
(by Mark Lube of Shiner Gazette and Photos by Lori Raabe)
Shiner football coaches, from left, Jason Keller, Connor Stefka and Daniel Boedeker walk towards the Shiner sideline before the start of the home game against Hallettsville on Friday. Quarterback Carson Schuette hands off the ball to running back Rakin Wallace at the mesh point of a triple-option play. Schuette ended up running the ball himself on the play. Trace Bishop bursts into the secondary Friday against Hallettsville during his long run of 56 yards.
GAME STATISTICSHallettsville 41, Shiner 8 Class 3A-2A Non-District Game Friday, August 26, 2023, 7:30 p.m. Comanche Stadium, Shiner SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Hallettsville 13 7 14 7 -- 41 Shiner 0 8 0 0 -- 8 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter H - Jashaun Price 55 run (Ty Tomek kick), 7:16 1Q. H - Price 14 pass from Jorian Wilson (kick failed), 2:49 1Q. Second Quarter H - Layne Gerke 23 pass from Price (Tomek kick), 8:43 2Q. S - Drake Cerny 1 run (Rakin Wallace pass from Carson Schuette), 4:23 2Q. Third Quarter H - Gerke 38 pass from Wilson (Tomek kick), 5:28 3Q. H - Damarion Austin 49 run (Tomek kick), 3:27 3Q. Fourth Quarter H - Tradyn Williams 4 run (Tomek kick), 2:33 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: Hallettsville Shiner First downs 18 10 Rushes-yards 35-277 40-204 Passing yards 109 20 Passes 7-12 2-6-1 Penalties-yards 7-65.5 8-60 Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-1 Punts-aver 1-60.0 3-42.0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing H: Damarion Austin 9-110, Jashaun Price 7-74, Tradyn Williams 8-32, Jordan Harper-Murphy 3-23, Layne Gerke 3-20, Jorian Wilson 4-11, Jesse Cavazos 1-7. S: Trace Bishop 14-104, Rakin Wallace 10-49, Drake Cerny 8-26, Carson Schuette 6-15, Bode Werner 2-9. Passing H: Wilson 6-11-0-86, Price 1-1-0-23. S: Schuette 2-6-1-20. Receiving H: Gerke 3-65, Price 2-18, Rashaun Sidney 1-19, Mycole Pegoda 1-7. S: Bishop 1-21, Wallace 1-(-1).
Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette.
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