Mason's defeat of the Brackett Tigers on Friday night clinched their first place ranking in the district, even with one more conference game remaining. In their final appearance at the Puncherdome for the year, the Punchers downed the Tigers 49-7, in spite of projections that had called for this to be one of the tightest matchups of the season.
Early in the game, that prediction appeared accurate, as the Brackett team's size and speed proved a tough obstacle for the Puncher defense in the opening minutes of the game. They would not be able to stop the Punchers for long, and just over three minutes into the first quarter, Elliot Bibb would make the final carry for the Punchers after a long drive. Go Chanraing added the extra point, and the Punchers led 7-0 with 8:42 remaining in the quarter.
The Tigers could not push through the Puncher defense, and in just a few minutes, the Mason team took control once more and marched down the field. It would be Bibb once more on the final carry to score, and Chanraing would again come through, putting the score at 14-0 with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
But, the Punchers weren't through yet in the first quarter. After possession went to Brackett, then back to Mason, the Punchers' Luis Castillo would rack up his first score of the night on a six-yard run. Chanraing's aim was still perfect, and the score was 21-0 as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter saw some of the most dramatic plays of the night, and in scoring, would mimic the first quarter.
Less than two minutes in, Bibb got off a pass to cousin, Seth Hudson on a 33-yard toss. Chanraing added his touch, and the score was 28-0 with 10:14 left in the half.
Later in the second quarter, Bibb would again shoot a pass down to receiver Miguel Castillo for the fifth touchdown of the night. Chanraing did it once more, and the score was 35-0 with 3:33 still left to play in the second quarter.
With only seconds remaining in the first half, Bibb would make yet another dramatic pass, once again to Seth Hudson, for a 46-yard reception that brought the crowd to its feet. Chanraing ended the first half with his special touch, and the Punchers would go into the half leading 42-0.
The third and fourth quarters would see only one score for each team, with Mason scoring midway through the third with a 3-yard rush by Luis Castillo, and then, in the fourth, with only seconds left in the game, Brackett would finally score on a 30-yard pass.
When the final whistle blew, the score was 49-7. The Punchers had racked up 500 total yards (373 rushing, 127 passing) to Brackett's 211 yards. The Punchers had less penalties than they've accumulated in prior games, indicating that the Mason team is growing and maturing as a unit as they prepare for their final district game, and then enter the playoffs.
This Friday, the Punchers travel to Center Point for their final district game. Play time begins at 7:30 p.m.