The Mason Punchers came within just seconds last Friday of keeping the Goldthwaite Eagles completely off the scoreboard. In a game that saw both teams trading possession of the ball repeatedly, the final score does not accurately reflect the intensity of the game that was played.
Though the Punchers won the game 26-7, Mason only had a total of 223 yards for the night, compared to Goldthwaite's 200. The Punchers only managed 10 first downs, while the Eagles succeeded in getting 11. And, the Punchers actually only had possession of the ball for 20 minutes of the game, while the Eagles were in possession for 27 minutes. But, it was what the Punchers did during the time they had the ball that ended up deciding the outcome.
During the first quarter, both teams spent time testing the other to see where there might be weaknesses. Rushing plays were followed by pass plays, and neither team seemed to be making much headway. Finally, with six minutes left in the quarter, Elliott Bibb shot off a pass to Miguel Castillo who shot 36 yards down the field to put Mason on the scoreboard. Go Chanraing easily booted the extra point, and Mason led 7-0.
The rest of the first quarter would remain scoreless; but, saw the Punchers take the ball toward the end of the period and begin a march downfield. That persistence paid off as the second quarter began when Raul Silguero made the final short sprint across the goal. A two-point conversion failed, and Mason led 13-0 with eleven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Eagles made several pushes into the Puncher defense; but, were repeatedly shut down as the Mason team shot through their line and prevented any scoring attempts. With just under three minutes remaining in the first half, Mason again moved down the field, and it was once again Silguero making the final carry for the Punchers' score. Another two-point attempt once again failed, and Mason would go into the half time leading the Eagles 19-0.
When the two teams returned to the field for the second half, Mason began moving personnel and allowing more of their players to have time on the field. The entire third quarter saw both teams making determined drives; but, neither could rack up any points. In the fourth quarter, the Punchers and the Eagles would both ratchet up their level of play.
Half way through the fourth, Mason's Luis Castillo carried the ball 21 yard for the fourth Mason score of the night. Go Chanraing provided the extra point kick, and Mason led the game 26-0 with just under six minutes of play remaining in the game.
The Eagles, looking at the possibility of a shutout, found new reserves and began playing some of the best football they had played all night. It would still take them down to the wire before, with only seconds remaining, they were finally able to drive across the line for a touchdown. The extra point kick was good, and the game would end 26-7.
This week, Mason travels to Comfort, with game time at 7:30 p.m.
The stats for the Winters game were not available last week; but, here is a scoring recap from that 55-6 victory:
Raul Silguero, 9-yard run, with Go Chanraing extra point, 7-0.
Winters scored, 7-6.
Raul Silguero, 42-yard run, Go Chanraing extra point, 14-6.
Raul Silguero, 1-yard run, Go Chanraing extra point, 21-6.
Raul Silguero, 1-yard run, 27-6
Elliott Bibb pass to Miguel Castillo for 15 yard run, Go Chanriang extra point, 34-6.
Elliott Bibb pass to Ryan Wartenbach, 38 yard reception, Go Chanriang extra point, 41-6.
Luis Castillo 1-yard run, Go Chanriang extra point, 48-6.
Sam Dyer 1-yard run, Go Chanriang extra point, 55-6.