The Goldthwaite Eagles always provide a tough matchup for the Mason Punchers, and last Friday was no exception. The Punchers had an exceptional night; but, could not get quite the advantage they needed to put the game in the win column, losing to the Eagles in a tight 13-6 game.
Goldthwaite got the psychological advantage to start the game when Jonathan Williams ran in a 90-yard kickoff return to put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the opening seconds. Luis Arredondo's kick was good, and the score was 7-0 with 11:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Mason may have been surprised by the early score; but, they were not disheartened. The Punchers dug in for the rest of the quarter, driving the ball repeatedly down into Eagle territory. Finally, with 1:34 remaining in the quarter, Justin Yonker dashed across the goal line for Mason's first, and what would turn out to be only, touchdown of the night, and the score was 7-6, in favor of the Eagles.
The second quarter of play had the Punchers and the Eagles making determined drives down the field, then backing up as penalties took away yardage. Late in the second quarter, Goldthwaite's Jonathon Williams ran in a 60-yard touchdown; but, the game came to a temporary halt as officials debated a possible penalty that would have called the run back. The final call allowed the run, and the score was 13-6 with 1:02 remaining in the first half. That is where it would stay until the half time buzzer sounded.
During the third and fourth quarters, fans were treated to some great football action. Both teams maintained their stamina and continued to try to beat down their opponents; but, neither could break through the other's defenses.
As the final seconds of the game ticked away, Mason began marching down the field and neared the goal line. Sadly, the final drive by the Punchers just could not break through the Eagle coverage, and Goldthwaite took possession of the ball with only seconds remaining, and began downing the ball.
The Punchers come off this tough preseason schedule with a 2-2 record. They begin their district play against a solid Menard team that has a 4-0 record, and the first district contest will be played away from home.
Puncher fans are encouraged to make the short drive over to Menard on Friday night to cheer on the purple and help them use the momentum of their great playing to start racking up district wins!
Play will begin at 7:30 p.m.