From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
The legend of Ty Slanina grows by leading East Bernard to a state title. Now a TCU commit, Slanina is a speedy, athletic player Texas A&M decided to pull an offer from former coach Mike Sherman. Mildred has terrific talent with QB Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling able to put up points but not as many as East Bernard, 42-35.
— David McNabb, Vype.com/TheOldCoach.com
"Can somebody check Shimonek's birth certificate? While the Iowa-committed Man Child is clutch, the Eagles have made it this far with a superior supporting cast. Still gonna be a street fight."
Mildred 48, East Bernard 42
— Jayson Larson, Athens Daily Review
Mildred finally breaks into the title game after threatening last season, but East Bernard has been the best 2A team in either division over the past few weeks. Ty Slanina is the real deal. East Bernard 38, Corsicana Mildred 24.
— Travis Stewart, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
Mildred, who’s averaging almost 40 points a game in the playoffs, will have some success behind quarterback Nic Shimonek and running back Draylon Sterling but I don’t think it will be enough. Undefeated East Bernard has outscored its four playoff opponents (including No. 1 ranked Refugio) 169-31 and will trot out one of the top athletes in Texas in running back Ty Slania. East Bernard 42, Mildred 31.
— Jarret Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
How do you pick against this Eagles bunch......ever major market media outlet in the state backed off Coach Harvell's squad following the early season debacle against Centerville, but only to jump back on a bit with this inspirational run through the playoffs. Led by an explosive offensive unit that can score points like every play is a fire drill to the end zone; with a rigorous, hard working pound-for-pound tough and cohesive group of O-and D-linemen; skilled personnel that sometimes resemble video game performances; a special teams unit which is the beat I've witnessed in 2A football this campaign; and lastly, led AND supported by an outstanding coaching staff.......shoot, why not, give me the Eagles with the difference being a #80 field goal, 34-31.
— Tim Samuels, 106.9 The Ranch
Mildred has made a great run while reaching its first state final. But its potent offense, led by Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling, will find the going tough against an East Bernard defense that has allowed more than 14 points just once all season. East Bernard has already knocked out defending state champion Refugio, and it will take down another state power by beating Mildred. East Bernard 35, Mildred 21
— Greg Riddle, The Dallas Morning News
No offense to any old friends involved with Mildred, but I think the Eagles may have too much to handle from the Brahmas. In the area round I saw Refugio demolish a good Rogers team 76-35, but two weeks later East Bernard rolled past Refugio 54-23, closing the game with a 41-0 run. What fueled East Bernard's run was holding standout quarterback Travis Quintanilla to 54 passing yards in the second half. If East Bernard can stop Quintanilla, it can stop any passing game. Mildred must have a solid running attack. Nic Shimonek has shown he can do the ball well, among his several other skills, but on Thursday the Eagles will probably have to be near-perfect with its ground game. Mildred will also have to stop East Bernard running back Ty Slanina, who has verbally committed to TCU. Slanina had 162 yards and three touchdowns against Refugio on just nine carries (although Refugio's run defense was suspect). In my opinion, it's too tall of an order for Mildred. East Bernard 45, Mildred 31.
— Rick Kretzschmar, Temple Daily Telegram (Corsicana Daily Sun reporter from 1993 to 1996)
Moving back and forth between the slot T and the spread to take advantage of TCU pledge Ty Slanina, East Bernard's offense causes fits. Despite great games from Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling, Mildred can't match them score-for-score. East Bernard 45, Mildred 35.
— Corbett Smith, The Dallas Morning News
Led by QB Nic Shimonek and RB Draylon Sterling, Mildred is going to put up some points. But East Bernard's multiple offensive looks, with Ty Slanina as a quarterback, running back and receiver, can be just as potent. East Bernard was stunningly dominant last week against top-ranked Refugio. East Bernard 48, Mildred 44.
— Matt Wixon, The Dallas Morning News
As much as I love what Nic Shimonek and Co. have done this season, in my mind when you dethrone the king you become the king. In the end, the East Bernard attack is too much for the Eagles to handle or keep up with. East Bernard 48, Mildred 33.
— Justin Rains, Palestine Herald-Press