For the better part of a decade the Industrial Cobras have been know for their potent run game and that didn't change in the first game of the season Friday.
Blaine Rozner ran for 60 yards and a touchdown while Austin Smalley ran for 11 yards and threw for a score to lead the Industrial Cobras to a 21-0 season opening win over the Shiner Comanches.
Industrial broke out of their wishbone formation only twice in the first half as six different backs combined for 107 yards and the Cobras ran on 22 of their 24 offensive plays in the first half.
"We're not married to the bone, but that is our bread and butter," said Industrial head coach Doug Kuhlmann.
After Shiners initial drive stalled at mid field the Comanches punted and Industrial took over on their own 16.
"It feels good. Our offense executed every play and our lineman were driving off the ball and the backs just followed them," said Rozner about the Cobras initial scoring drive.
The Cobras grinded down the Comanches driving 84 yards on 16 run plays capped by a Smalley four-yard touchdown run to put Industrial ahead 7-0 after an extra point late in the first quarter.
After the two teams traded possessions Industrial caught a break when a bad snap on a punt gave them a first down at the Comanche 38 yard line.
Facing a fourth and two from the Shiner 30 Smalley picked a good time to complete his first pass of the night. Under pressure he rolled to his left and lobbed a pass to a diving Michael Montes inside the Shiner five to set up a first and goal from the three.
"I was just looking at all the defenders coming at me and I saw where he was at and I just put it in the right spot for him to catch it," Smalley said.
Rozner would punch it in one play later to give the Cobras a two touchdown lead with 1:23 before halftime.
Defensively the Cobras were stout Friday. Although they allowed Evel Jones to gain 104 yards on 13 carries the Industrial defense didn't allow Shiner to advance beyond the Cobra 27 yard line all night.
"We never could get in a rhythm, we'd have a big play and then they would stuff us, but some of those things we're doing wrong we'll fix," said Shiner head coach Steve Cerny.
The Cobras limited Shiner to a total of 152 yard offense Friday and kept big plays to a minimum.
"Shiner's a very good football team and we played good, disciplined defense and we did that all night long," Kuhlmann said.
When Kuhlman came to Industrial six years ago he implemented the wishbone and although that has become a trademark for Industrial, the Cobras mixed in some shotgun and play action passes to make themselves more multi-dimensional.
"We can throw so hopefully we can catch people off guard a little bit if we run, run, run and every once in a while throw some play action passes in there," Kuhlmann said.
"We can pass the ball we just need to work on it during the game," said Smalley about his teams ability to air it out.
The Cobras did work on passing during the game as Smalley went two for six passing for 74 yards including a 47 yard touchdown pass to Eric Santillan on the first Industrial drive of the second half that capped the scoring.
Although his team was shut out Cerny praised the play of Comanche quarterback Wesley Patek who filled for Coy Bodeker who tore a meniscus and fractured a patella in his right knew in Shiners scrimmage against Yoakum.
"I thought he stepped up and handled himself well. A couple of times he may not have read right, but that's the veer your not going to be right 100 percent of the time," Cerny said.
Rozner had a solid night as he carried the ball eight times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Rozner was one of five Cobra rushers with double digit yards on the ground.
Next week the Comanches look to get back on the winning track at Brazos while Industrial looks to go 2-0 at Ganado.
statistics source: http://www.advosports.com/games/678/GAME STATISTICS: Ind Shi First Downs 12 7 Yards Rushing 53-171 28-138 Yards Passing 74 14 Passes 2-6 2-6 Punts 4-140 3-122 Fumbles-lost N/A 3-2 Penalties-yards 3-20 2-10 SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 3 4 -- Final Shiner 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Industrial 7 7 7 0 -- 21 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter Ind - Austin Smally 4 yard run (Kade Smith kick) 1:36 Second Quarter Blaine Rozner 3 yard run (Kade Smith kick) 1:23 Third Quarter Austin Smalley pass to Eric Santillan 47 yards (Kade Smith kick) 9:33 Fourth Quarter no score INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing Industrial, B. Rozner 8-60, E. Santillan 7-23, M. Montes 6-33, S. Townly 5-4, R. Redus 3-21, A. Smalley 11-11, D. Hudson 1-4, K. Klimitchek 1-4, P. Kuntz 1-11. Shiner, W. Patek 8-(-9), M. Wallace 4-10, B. Beal 2-3, E. Jones 13-104, J. Gamez 1-16. Passing Industrial, A. Smalley 6-2-74. Shiner, W. Patek 6-2-14, J. Gamez 1. Receiving Industrial, E. Santillan 1-47, M. Montes 1-27. Shiner, B. Beal 2-14.