The Reagan County Owls came to town last Thursday and split a pair of games with the Jr High Punchers. Both games were hard fought as both teams played good hard hitting football.
The seventh grade once again struggled on the offensive side as we just couldn’t seem to mount a sustained drive. We would pick up a couple of good first downs and then stall out. We are still having problems getting the O-line to remember blocking rules, but that is something that should continue to improve. There is so much to learn and remember. Then throw in multiple fronts and stunts and it just takes time to get the hang of what our offense is about.
Defensively, the team played hard. Reagan County had a well coached and disciplined team with a big running back with whom the Punchers struggled. There first score came early in the first quarter as the big back broke loose right up the middle on a 65 yard run. Mason’s defensive tackle, Rudy Martinez, sprinted the length of the field and caught him just as he crossed the goalline, but it was a great effort on his behalf. Reagan County added one more score to defeat Mason 14-0.
The eighth grade also had a tough game as the Owls brought in a very talented team. The two teams were well matched, but Mason was able to put two scores together and hold the Owls out of the endzone all night.
Mason first score came on a thirty-two yard pass from Bode McMillan to Emanuel Martinez. The point after was denied. Americo Alvarez added the next score on an outside pitch play. Once again Mason was unable to convert on the PAT. Those twelve points were all that were needed by the Punchers as the boys played solid defense.
Both teams will be playing out of town next Thursday against Harper. The 7th grade will try to get off a three game skid while the 8th grade will try to maintain its perfect record.