The Jr High football teams made the long trip to Ozona last Thursday and swept a pair of games from the Lions. We continue to see improvements every week in both grades as the physicality and execution improves on both sides of the ball.
The seventh grade took the field against the Lions hoping to win their second in a row. Ozona had several good size boys, but the young Punchers set an early tempo as they stopped Ozona on their opening drive. Mason took the ball over on downs and drove the length of the field for the score and the route was on.
Offensively, Mason dominated the line of scrimmage and the backs continued to run hard picking up needed yardage in crucial situations. The Lions only score came on Mason’s 2nd touchdown as one of their defensive backs picked off the PAT pass and raced 102 yards for their two points. The most impressive thing about the play was that Mason’s offensive guard and tackle, Rudy Martinez and Colin Hyatt chased and almost caught the Ozona player. It showed the effort the team was putting forth all night.
When the final buzzer went off, Mason controlled the scoreboard 34-2. It was an impressive win for the 7th grade and set the stage for the 8th grade to take the field. The 8th grade picked up right where the 7th grade ended as Manuel Martinez picked a pass on the first series and raced it back 50+ yards before being tackled just shy of the goal line. The Mason offense quickly put the ball in the end zone and never looked back.
The Punchers scored on punt return by Americo Alvarez and a kickoff return by Cal Rasch following a safety. We scored by throwing the ball and running the ball. It was a great evening for Mason football as the 8th grade ran the ball at will and threw the ball very well.
Defensively, the Punchers played very physical. We were able to keep pressure on Ozona all night with the starters as well as lots of subs; everyone was making plays that needed to be made. It was a very impressive night for Mason as they hammered Ozona 48-0. As of this week only two touchdowns have been scored on the eighth grade all year. These kids take lots of pride in their physicality and that pride leads to great defense.
Mason will host Junction Thursday in Mason with the 7th grade kicking off at 5:00 followed by the 8th grade. Earlier in the year, Junction got a 14-0 win over Mason’s 7th grade, so the young Punchers will be tested. We hope to have a great crowd.