The Jr High football teams took the brooms out of the closet to start the four game sweep of the Harper Longhorns last Thursday and Friday nights. The 7th grade got back on the right side of the scoreboard, the 8th grade continued their undefeated careers, the JV and varsity concluded the sweep.
The focus of the 7th grade workouts this week was physicality. We haven’t been physical in any of our previous games or workouts, but that came to a halt this week. We started or ended each workout with an “Eye-Opener Drill”. This is a one on one drill that demands players to step up. The boys started to learn that it is easier to hit than be hit. They responded very well.
The young Punchers scored on their first drive and continued scoring and playing great defense for the entire game. We were able to pick up good yardage on first downs by running the ball well. Blocking was much better and the backs got downhill much quicker. Our technique was much better on defense, but it was the fact that we played a much more physical ballgame that was the difference as the 7th grade won 32-6.
The 8th grade continued to play physical ball. We made several changes this week on the defensive side to start putting players in positions that they will be more likely to play in high school. We had some breakdowns here and there, but our pursuit to the ball kept Harper from being able to sustain any drives. We will continue to get better as the players become more comfortable at their new spots.
Offensively, Mason dominated the line of scrimmage and the backs continued to run hard. We don’t have blinding speed, but our backs are hard to bring down and the O-line is opening good holes. We were able to throw the ball well as well as running the ball. This balanced attack allowed Mason to score four times and convert extra points on all four scores. Harper was only able to push one score in giving Mason a 28-6 victory. This was only the second score any team has had on our 8th grade all year.
This week the 7th and 8th grade will take on the Ozona Lions in Ozona.