The Weimar Mercury

Wildcats Stopped By Shiner, 35-7
September 20, 2002

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The Weimar Wildcats jumped out to an early 7-0 lead against Shiner, but the Comanches came roaring back for a 35-7 victory Friday night in Shiner. The Comanches, primarily known as a running team, did much of their damage through the air against the Wildcats.

"We came out like a house on fire, and scored," said Weimar Coach Wayne Zimmerhanzel. "Then we just didn't execute on a screen pass and a punt snap and just snowballed. It's like the air was let out of the balloon."

He said the Cats needed to execute better on both offense and defense. "We didn't make plays when we had to on offense and defense. We shot ourselves in the foot. We need to play mistake-free."

Weimar's DeOlan Ellison returned the opening kickoff 31 yards to the Shiner 41 to start the action for the Wildcats. Ellison ripped off six yards, Johnny Hadash picked up a yard and Cody Emanis hit Stuart Antosh with a six-yard pass completion down to the 28.

Weimar was penalized five yards, but Ellison gained 4 and Clay Bittner caught a 23-yard pass from Emanis for a first down at the 6.

Ellison gained three yards and two yards, before Emanis plunged over from the one for the touchdown with 8:08 left in the quarter. Andre McMillian booted the extra point for a 7-0 Weimar lead.

The Weimar defense forced Shiner to punt on their first possession.

Moving from their 18, Ellison picked up 13, followed by a nine-yard run by McMillian. A five-yard penalty against Shiner gave the Cats another first down. But they were forced to punt from their 39, and the snap went over the punter's head. Shiner ended up with ball at the Weimar 20.

After a one-yard gain, Shiner's R.J. Lester connected on a 19-yard pass to Desmond Brooks for a touchdown. Shiner's extra point kick was wide and the Cats lead was trimmed to 7-6 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.

On Shiner's next possession, Lester hit Casey Coleman running a slant route over the middle. Coleman turned on the speed and stopped running 57 yards later in the endzone for a touchdown. Lester passed to Steven Evans for the two-point conversion as Shiner took the lead 14-7 with 11:51 left in the half.

Shiner's third score came with 4:37 left in the half. Following an exchange of punts, the Comanches had taken over the ball at the Weimar 31. Weimar was hit with a 15-yard penalty, which was partly offset by a 10-yard penalty against Shiner, leaving the ball on the 16.

Shiner's Chris Baer gained nine yards and Lester followed with a seven-yard touchdown run. Lester also booted the extra point for a 21-7 Shiner lead.

With only 22 seconds left in the half, the Comanches scored another touchdown, capping a 60-yard drive. On fourth down, Baer hit Desmond Brooks with an 18-yard touchdown pass. It appeared to most spectators that the ball was trapped, but an official ruled the catch good.

The final score of the game came in the third quarter on a 23-yard run by Baer, with Lester running over for two extra points.

Weimar mounted one other scoring threat in the fourth quarter. Andre McMillian gained 42 yards for a first down at the Shiner 27. Ellison gained seven yards and Hadash five yards down to the 15. On first down from the 15, Shiner's Quentin Wright intercepted a pass near the goal line and ran it back to the 28.

Defensively for the Wildcats, Syrinek had four tackles and eight assists. Jared Sainz had three tackles and eight assists.
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