Shiner falls short in bid for state title

The Shiner Comanches fell short in their bid to win the Class 1A Division 1 state football championship Thursday, losing 41-28 to the Stamford Bulldogs in heartbreaking fashion.

Shiner had built a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, but saw that lead quickly evaporate via two big plays by Stamford. A 53-yard run by QB Bo Wimberly closed the gap to 28-21. Then a Wimberly 60-yard TD pass to James Washington tied it at 28 with less than 4 minutes left.

On the ensuing drive, Shiner's Marcus Coleman fumbled and Stamford recovered to gain possession. Stamford then marched in for the score with less than 2 minutes left. A missed extra point left Shiner trailing 34-28.

Shiner had one last chance and marched the ball to midfield with about a minute left. But Stamford's Washington intercepted Jacob Stafford and returned it for a TD.

Stamford opened the scoring with a 63-yard Wimberly-to-Washington bomb.

Shiner's Coleman tied it at 7 with a 54-yard run.

Shiner took a 14-7 lead, surprising Stamford with a 9-yard TD pass from Stafford to Caleb Murrile.

After an Stamford interception in the endzone, the Comanches marched down the field and scored on a Stafford 1-yard TD to take a 21-7 lead, which was good going into halftime.

Shiner kicked off to start the second half and recovered ball that bounced off a Stamford player. Dadrian Taylor scored on a 22-yard reverse run to put Shiner up 28-7 with 7:35 in the third quarter.

This story will updated. Check Friday's edition for full coverage of the game.