After missing a scheduled game with Christoval on September 20th due to flooding along the South Concho River, the Mason Punchers traveled to San Saba ready to play some football.
During the first quarter, both teams showed off strong offenses; but, both were shifting their defensive strategies in an effort to control their opponents.
Mason's Raul Silguero scored the first touchdown of the night on a three-yard final run ending a successful drive. Go Chanraing put the ball through the uprights, and the score was 7-0 with 7:39 remaining in the quarter.
San Saba took the ball and began their own strong drive into Puncher territory. Though they neared the goal, Mason was able to keep them from crossing over, so San Saba opted for a 27-yard field goal. The score was 7-3 with 4:27 left to play in the first quarter.
As the final seconds of the quarter ticked away, the Punchers began to gather steam and showed that they were finding holes in the Dillo defense. Luis Castillo shot in a 30-yard touchdown, followed by Canraing's kick, and the score was 14-3 with only 37 seconds of play in the quarter.
When the second period began, it quickly became evident that the Punchers were taking full control of the game. A short time into the quarter, Elliot Bibb shot off a pass to cousin, Seth Hudson, who then raced 73 yards for the third Mason score of the night. Chanraing easily added the extra point and the score was 21-3 with 9:44 left in the half.
After a short San Saba possession, Mason's Bibb carried the ball on a 51-yard touchdown run, again supplemented by Chanraing's extra point, to put the score at 28-3 with 6:05 remaining before the half.
San Saba once again had a short hold on the ball before the Punchers would take control once more. With just under two minutes of play remaining, Luis Castillo capped off a Mason drive with a four-yard sprint. Chanraing did his magic, and the score going into the half was 35-3.
The second quarter saw Mason's younger and less experienced team members getting the opportunity to try their skills on the field. By this time, Mason knew where the Dillos were weak, and they continued to exploit those weaknesses.
Shortly into the third quarter, Miguel Castillo joined his brother on the list of scorers with a 45-yard touchdown. Chanraing came through, again, and the score was 42-3 with 9:21 left in the quarter.
After each team traded off possession a few more times, San Saba finally crossed the goal line for the first time when they completed a drive and put another six points on the board, followed by the extra point, and the score was 42-10 with 4:44 of play in the third quarter remaining. It would be the last time San Saba would score Friday night.
Mason, however, pushed down the field and Raul Silguero took in the final carry on a 5-yard run for the Punchers late in the quarter. Chanraing came through once more, and the score was 49-10 with 1:09 of play left in the third.
More young players joined the game in the fourth quarter for the Punchers. There would be only one final score, and that would occur with 1:14 remaining in the game when Carlos Chavez finished off a Mason drive with a five-yard run. Chavez also followed through with his own extra point kick, and the score was 56-10.
The Puncher varsity has an open week this time, and will return to play on October 11 when they open district play against the Harper Longhorns in Mason.