The 7th grade Punchers ended their football season with a big win over Cross Plains last Thursday in Cross Plains. The Buffalos played with a combined team of 7th and 8th graders against our 7th grade team, but the Punchers were able to control both sides of the ball for a 16-0 win.
Cross Plains was unable to ever establish any type of offense and Mason controlled the line of scrimmage. The defensive line and linebackers closed off all holes and pursued very well and never allowed the Buffaloes any real offensive threat to occur.
Offensively, the line opened good holes and the backs ran the ball very well all night as Mason systematically marched down the field. Coach John Keller travelled with the Jr High this week and called the offensive. Mason ran the ball well and quarterback, Ethan Powell threw the ball well all night. Fullback, Chet Weitz, and runningback, Tyson Keller both had outstanding games.
This win allowed the Punchers to finish the season 4-4, but more than that, it marked the improvement of this team. When 7th graders first come into a program, it takes a while to determine the best positions for players. We made a couple of changes in the offensive line (such as moving Colin Hyatt to the tight tackle position and Cade Binseil to the tight end) that allowed the Punchers to control the line of scrimmage much better.
Defensively, we moved Lucas Martin to a defensive end and put Hugo Martinez at tackle which made us a much better ball club. We also simply became a much more physical ball club. It sometimes takes a while for 7th graders to understand the concept of being physical. This team has come so far this year in that regard. They now take pride in stopping their opponents and winning the physical battle. That is one of the primary goals that coaches have for these guys. We are looking forward to a big year with them next year.