District play for the Mason Punchers started Friday night and the Harper Longhorns quickly learned that Mason intends to make this their year.
On the first Mason possession of the ball following the opening kickoff, Luis Castillo ran the ball 53 yards for the first score of the night. Go Chanraing added his extra point and the Punchers led 7-0 with 11:57 remaining in the quarter.
Harper's possession didn't move them into scoring position and Mason would be driving to their second score only a short time later when Elliot Bibb carried in the ball on a 30-yard run for Mason's second score. Chanraing booted in the extra point and the score was 14-0 with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
Mason would score again a third time in the first quarter when Raul Silguero made the final carry on a Mason drive to up the score once more. Chanraing added the extra point and the score was 21-0 with 2:05 of play remaining in the first. That would be the final score of the period.
Just into the second quarter of play, Elliot Bibb shot off a pass to Miguel Castillo who carried the ball 60 yards for the fourth score of the night. In a rare move, Chanraing's extra point kick was blocked; but, the score still remained 27-0 with 11:38 left to play in the half.
Harper was able to hold the Punchers away from the goal for much of the rest of the quarter; but, that would change in the final minutes before the halftime. Bibb rifled a pass to Seth Hudson who carried the ball 25 yards for Mason's next touchdown. Chanraing was back in form, and the score was 34-0 with 4:04 to play in the half.
Only moments after Harper took possession of the ball, a turnover brought it back to the Punchers and Raul Silguero raced in for a 21-yard touchdown. Chanraing added his touch, and the score was 41-0 with 3:32 to play.
In the final seconds of the first half, Mason would score yet again when Luis Castillo sprinted in a 36-yard touchdown. Go Chanraing iced the cake, and the score going into the half was 48-0.
In the second half, Mason began allowing their younger players the opportunity to try their skills on the field, alternating the players in and out of the game and at different positions. The only score in the third quarter occurred after the Punchers pushed into Harper territory late in the quarter and allowed Chanraing to set up for a 20-yard field goal which he easily soared through the uprights, putting the score at 51-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Mason's younger players finally allowed Harper to score late in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard pass. Their extra point attempt failed, and with 3:10 remaining in the game, the score was 51-6, where it would stay till the final whistle.
This week, Mason welcomes the Ozona Lions to town for a matchup Friday night at 7:30 in the Puncherdome.