It was a delayed ‘opening day’, but the Punchers packed their bags and traveled to Goldwaite for an exciting night of Junior High football. Last week the first game of the season was cancelled due to rain and flooding, so the Junior High boys were double loaded for their first game.
In the 7th grade game, both teams played well in the first period. On offense, Punchers Walker Kuhlmann, Steven Marquecho, and Kyle Zavala did a good job opening holes for our running backs, Louis Castillo, Rylee Owen, and Miguel Castillo. The Punchers threatened to score once in the first period but were turned back on a 4th and two. After three team exchanges of the ball, the Eagles hit their fullback down the sideline for the one and only score of the game. The PAT failed due to a great Puncher defensive stand, lead by Uli Alvarez, Zane Haley, and Sam Martinez.
The second half of play was scoreless for both teams, but the Punchers had several good offensive drives during this period.
For their first outing, I thought everyone did a great job. We saw a great team effort and several individuals stepped up and did an outstanding job. Final score Goldthwaite 6, Mason 0.
The Puncher 8th grade team had a’ battle royal’ Thursday night in Goldthwaite, but when the dust settled, the Punchers handed the Eagles a 42-28 defeat.
In the first period, the Eagles recovered two on-side-kicks, with the first resulting in the first score of the evening. The Punchers held tight on the PAT but trailed 0-6. After the Eagles were held to a three and out by a good Puncher defensive stand, the Punchers finally took control on their own 43 yard-line. Linemen Marcuss Martinez, Leret Hemphill, and Hector Medina opened several nice avenues for running backs, Raul Silguero, Emilio Palacio, and Elliot Bibb. Palacio broke free from the Eagle 23 yard-line and scored. Bibb then connected with split-end Cody Wood for the PAT, putting the Punchers in the lead 8-6.
The Puncher defense dug in during period two with several good stands by Ethan McKinney, Drigo Martinez, Raul Silguero, and Elliot Bibb. When the offense took the field again, they tacked on three more touchdowns before the half. Bibb scored on an 18 yard run. Silguero scored on a four yard run then added the PAT himself. One touchdown was credited to the defensive unit, when Leret Hemphell picked off an Eagle pass and scored from the Goldthwaite 24 yard-line. Cody Wood reeled in another Bibb pass for the PAT, leaving the Eagles wondering what happened as they trailed 30-6.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Palacio found an opening and broke free for a 75 yard touchdown, leaving the Punchers up 36-6. The Eagles battled back with their next two possessions, each ending in a score off reverses, narrowing the Puncher lead to 30-20.
After the Punchers lost their quarterback, Elliot Bibb due to a broken collarbone, Cody Wood stepped to that leadership role and did a great job. Palacio scored again from the Eagle seven yard line pushing the score in favor of the Punchers 36-20. The Eagles scored again from the Puncher 17 yard-line, closing the gap again to 36-28. With 1:58 remaining in the game, Wood broke free on a bootleg play and tacked on the final score of the game, 42-28.
Our guys did a great job in this game because everyone helped in this victory. Hector Medina, Jeffrey Williams, Nathan Hernandez, Nick Dyer, and Jason Berreles did a really good job on defense. Our secondary held the Eagle receivers at bay, notable standouts were Price Ruffin, Elliot Bibb, and Michael Hanscheck. The next Puncher outing will be a split schedule, with the 7th traveling to Harper, and the 8th will host Menard.