WACO — The Shoemaker Grey Wolves had to wait five years to make a return trip to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait at least 12 more months before getting the first postseason win in playoff history.
Despite Ziere Banner throwing for a touchdown and running for another score, Shoemaker’s season is over after a 28-14 loss to the Mansfield Timberview Wolves in the Division I-5A bi-district playoffs on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.
“Numbers don’t lie, this is the best team that’s ever put on the pads (at Shoemaker),”Grey Wolves coach Channon Hall said. “We’re proud of them. It’s time for the young guys to reboot.”
Banner completed 7 of 24 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown while rushing 19 times for 14 yards and another score.
Senior wide receiver Nahome Anderson caught three passes for 94 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown reception with 3:22 remaining that proved to be the final score of Shoemaker’s season.
“It was intense,” Anderson said. “I just wanted to do my best and I was just happy that I got the score. They made it hard for me to try to work.”
Timberview (8-3) advanced to play Euless Trinity in the area playoff round.
Shoemaker (7-4) was making its second playoff appearance since the school opened in 2000, the first coming in 2008, and went back and forth with Timberview from District 7-5A.
“It was a good game and they’re a good team,” senior defensive back and wide receiver Dwayne Williams said. “It was me and my teammates’ last game, but we fought. We tried to go get it, but it wasn’t there.”
Timberview struck first with a 2-yard rushing score by quarterback Tevin Muse, Banner countered with his own 11-yard rushing score that capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive.
Banner rushed for 25 yards on four carries and completed 2 of 4 passes for 50 yards in the opening frame, but the Timberview defense made him a target in the second quarter.
With LSU commit Edward Parris and Stanford commit Brandon Simmons playing in the Timberview secondary, the Wolves brought the house to limit Banner and the Shoemaker running backs from breaking things upon on the ground.
“They made plays, but we just didn’t make enough plays,” Hall said. “That’s what it boiled down to.”
Banner was sacked five times in the first half and lost 18 yards on five carries the rest of the game.
Timberview quarterback Tevin Muse hit Shaquile Richmond for a 61-yard bomb to help Timberview retake the lead midway through the second and made it a 14-point advantage with a 10-yard touchdown run on the next drive.
Muse led the Timberview offense, completing 7 of 16 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown while rushing 17 times for 109 yards and three scores.
“It showed he’s the leader over there and they did a great job,” Hall said.
The senior quarterback finished the season with 20 touchdown passes and more than 2,300 yards through the air.
Senior running back Rayshun Spearman finished with 39 yards on 10 carries in his final game as a Grey Wolf.
Saturday marked the final game for the 36 seniors on the Shoemaker roster. Hall said the group had a big role in helping the Grey Wolves go from 2-8 to making it to the playoffs.
“Every last senior on this here team turned it around, and it’s all to their credit,” Hall said. “They deserve it.”
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