The 7th and 8th grade Punchers split their games with the Junction Eagles last Thursday. The 7th grade was out to avenge an earlier 14-0 loss found themselves once again on the short side of the board, but showed how much improvement they have made as they lost this game 8-0.
The first half was dominated by Junction as Mason was not able to sustain an offensive drive. Junction had a short field the entire half, but was denied scores on three occasions. The Punchers got great defensive play by defensive linemen Rudy Martinez, and Colin Hyatt, Hugo Balderas, and Lucas Martin. Linebackers Chet Weitz and Daniel Gainer also played very well.
Mason got the ball at the start of the second half and quickly showed they were not giving up. They marched the ball down the field with good runs by Tyson Keller and a great pass and catch by Ethan Powell and Zach Norman. The Punchers got inside the five yard line twice, but was unable to convert into points.
These guys played a great football game. Junction won the first half, but we controlled the 2nd half against a much larger and faster team. We couldn’t be more proud of these players.
The eighth grade continued their winning ways with a total domination of the Eagles. The first half was not the most inspired half of play the Punchers have had all year as they lead 14-0 at half. We were disappointed in the intensity of our play, but that was corrected in the second half as the offense and defense stepped up and took total control of the game.
Offense backs Kason Silerio, Americo Alvarez, TR Kerr, Jake Comey, and Fernando Torres ran at will delivering punishment to their opponents from Junction. Quarterback, Bode McMillan, kept the offense moving efficiently and threw the ball well.
Mason’s defense simply played physical and inspired all night. They never allowed Junction any type of drive. First downs were far and few between for the Eagles, but never consecutively. Even the special teams dominated Junction as Emanuel Martinez and Alvarez fielded each punt cleanly and great walls were set on the returns. Overall, it was a great second half for the Punchers as they racked up a 46-6 victory to keep their unbeaten streak alive.
Mason will need to put two halves back to back next week as they travel to Brackettville to play what should be the best team we have faced in two years. Last year, Brackett didn’t make the trip to Mason, but their 8th grade team is undefeated. This should be a real test for Mason. It’s difficult to travel that far, get off the bus and line up to play. We are looking forward to the test. At this time the 7th grade doesn’t have a game scheduled for this week as Brackett only has one team. Coach Burns is working frantically to find a game for us. '