The Comfort Bobcats delivered the first non-playoff loss to the Punchers in several years last Friday night. Though the Punchers fought valiantly, the Bobcats were able to control the action for the fourth quarter, pulling ahead of Mason in the final minutes of play.
Comfort set the tone for the night in the first quarter. After almost a full quarter of play, Comfort's Tolar broke out for a 39-yard touchdown run, followed by the extra point, and Comfort led 0-7 with 2:38 of play remaining in the quarter. Neither team would gain any points for the rest of that period.
In the second quarter, the Punchers began to pull their game together and they were able to keep the Bobcats out of the endzone, while slowly continuing to make progress toward Comfort's end of the field. After a failed attempt at scoring that saw the ball brought back to midfield just seconds before the half, Eilliot Bibb broke out for a 51-yard touchdown as the half whistle was blowing. Miguel Castillo added the extra point and the game was tied 7-7 going into the half.
When the Punchers returned from the half, they were still riding the "high" from the last second score of the first half. Only seconds into the third quarter, Raul Silguero carried the ball 49 yards for Mason's second score of the night, followed by Miguel Castillo's extra point, and Mason led 14-7 with 11:40 remaining in the third quarter.
That third period was a grueling back and forth for the teams. Each would make some headway before handing the ball over. But, neither team would score again until the fourth period of play.
Just over two minutes into the fourth quarter, Comfort's Wright finished a Bobcat drive, scoring on a ten-yard run. The extra point was good, and the game was tied once more, 14-14, with 9:55 remaining to play.
The Punchers were able to stop Comfort from making any more scoring drives; but, the Bobcats made a slow march downfield, positioning themselves for a field goal attempt. Comfort's Falcon had failed on three prior attempts to put the ball through the goal; but, the fourth time was good and the ball flew 32-yards, putting the score at 14-17 with 1:22 remaining.
The Bobcats and Punchers scrambled during that last stretch of game... the Comfort team endeavoring to keep Mason away from the goal, and the Punchers trying just as hard to push through the Comfort defense.
The clock would finally run out on the game with the score still at 14-17.
The final stats tell a story of Comfort having played a very good game. The Bobcats had 341 total yards to Mason's 195. Comfort had 16 first downs while Mason only had 5. Though several fans felt that penalties were unfairly dispensed, Comfort had four penalties for a total of 35 yards lost, while Mason had eight penalties and gave up 45 yards.
This week, Christoval comes to the Puncher Dome, and Mason will be celebrating their Homecoming. Be sure to be on hand for some great football, and all the half time festivities. Game time is 7:30 p.m.; but, presentation of the football players and trainers will begin at 6:50 p.m. First up will be the Varsity Punchers, then the Junior Varsity, followed by the trainers. The senior band members will be recognized at half time.