gAfter Thursday night's junior high and junior varsity games were called on account of the welcome rain, the biggest question going into Friday night's homecoming game against Johnson City was,,, will it happen?
Rain is an equalizer of teams, and for the first quarter of the matchup, Mason and Johnson City both struggled to keep their footing, their grip, and their composure. The field was a wet bog at the start of the game, and would be a muddy mess by the end.
Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball, and to their footing, during the wet first quarter. The rain was still coming down heavily, and the teams kept to mostly a ground game to work around the precipitation.
Half way through the first quarter, the Punchers were finally able to score on a David Mora run. The attempt at extra point succeeded, and the score was 8-0 favor of the Punchers with 5:23 remaining in the quarter.
The rest of the first quarter was a "slosh match," as both teams continued to battle the rain as much as each other, and there were no more scores till the second quarter.
In the second quarter of play, only seconds in, Justin Yonker tossed off a 26-yard pass to Estevan Villarreal. The point-after attempt failed, and the score was 14-0 with 11:51 remaining in the half.
Johnson City did not give up the game. They continued pushing back against the Puncher defense, finally scoring with 8:38 remaining on a Cody Smith pass to Kris McDonald, putting the score at 14-6.
Mason took possession of the ball and, with a renewed sense of purpose, marched down the field. Finally, David Mora broke out on a 53-yard run for the score, followed by Zach Hudson's carry for the extra two points, to put the score at 22-6. That is where it would remain as the buzzer sounded for half time.
After a rather soggy, and unique, half time held under the bleachers, the teams returned to the field in the second half with less rainfall; but, a field that was as slippery as ice.
The Punchers used the second half of the game to give playing time to some players that had been waiting out the game up till that point. Even with these less experienced players, Mason was able to score once more late in the third quarter on a short run in by Zach Hudson. The score was 28-6, and that is where it would remain through the end of the third, and all through the fourth till the end of the game.
This week, the Punchers meet up with arch rival, Goldthwaite, in Mason. The game promises to be a tough matchup for both teams, and it is guaranteed to be a great night of football. Play begins at 7:30 p.m. at Puncher Stadium.