The first game of the season for the Mason Punchers began with a delay. A 19-hour delay.
Lightening storms moving into San Saba on Friday night, followed by heavy rains, forced the rescheduling of the game to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Schedules were shuffled, plans were altered, and on Saturday, the Punchers met up with the Armadillos to kick off the 2009 season.
San Saba, fresh off an upset defeat of DeLeon, proved that they have a promising season ahead of them, as they gave the Punchers a tough afternoon of play.
During the first quarter, it would be San Saba that got on the scoreboard with a 15-yard run by Hayden Oliver, followed by a Diego Gonzales kick, to put the score at 7-0 with 6:48 still remaining in the quarter. Mason would push into San Saba territory multiple times; but, were held off scoring.
Early in the second quarter, Mason finally did break through on a David Mora run. Jeremy Hamilton's kick found its home, and the score was tied up at 7-7 with 8:51 remaining in the half. San Saba pushed back, and with only 1:17 left in the half, Gary Gant scored for the Dillos once more, followed, again, by Diego Gonzales's kick to leave the score at 13-7.
San Saba, and the Mason fans, were wowed what followed --- San Saba's kickoff was returned by David Mora on a 100-yard run for the score. The point after attempt missed, and the score going into half time was 14-13 favor of the Dillos.
The second half was a tough time for the Punchers. The Dillos, with their great size and credible speed, continued to chip away at the normally tough Puncher defense. Finally, with 4:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Dillos' Anthony Salinas scored the final touchdown of the day, followed by Gonzalez's kick, to put the score at 21-13, where it would stay through the final whistle.
This week is homecoming for the Punchers as they take on the Johnson City Eagles. Game time is 7:30 at Puncher Stadium.