The first thing that needs to be said about last Friday's game between Mason and Eldorado is that the score does not reflect the determination of the players from out west. Though Mason won the matchup 48-20, the Eldorado Eagle players never gave up, and their determination provided for a game that kept fans on their feet and cheering till the end.
Mason dominated the game. The stats show Mason with 391 yards rushing to Eldorado's 7 yards. Mason had 18 first downs, Eldorado only 7. But, the game was a true Friday night delight for true football fans.
Zach Hudson had a great night for the Mason Punchers with three touchdowns, the first occurring six minutes into the first quarter after a drive that left only a one yard hop to score. The kick went wide, and the score was 6-0 with 6:25 remaining.
Possession went to the Eagles who could not move the ball, and it came back to the Punchers. Hudson again scored, this time on a nine-yard run. Again, the kick went to the side, and the score was 12-0 with 3:06 remaining.
In the second quarter, Eldorado dug in and made a concerted effort to push the ball downfield. They would finally succeed when Ivan Cardenas shot off a 42-yard pass to Rudy Sanchez for the score. Ivany Sanchez's kick was good, and the score was 12-7 with 8:56 remaining in the half.
Mason would come back with repetitive scores, the first being another Zach Hudson run of eight yards. This time, Justin Yonker passed to Jacob Bibb for the extra two, and the score was 20-7.
Eldorado got the ball on the kickoff; but, when they started moving the ball, Tanner Geistweidt picked off a pass and ran it 34-yards for a touchdown. This time, Joaquin Mejia's kick was good, and the score was 27-7 with 4:14 remaining in the half.
There would be no more scoring in the first half, and Eldorado would be the only one to score in the third quarter when Garrett Lux returned a Mason punt 43-yards for the touchdown, putting the score at 27-13.
Coach Russell Joy took advantage of the lead to allow less seasoned players some experience during the third and fourth quarters. Even those young Punchers had success holding off Eldorado.
Seconds into the fourth quarter, Justin Yonker scored on a short quarterback keeper, and Mejia's kick put the score at 34-13 with 11:23 remaining.
Eldorado got fired up, and when Mason kicked off to the Eagles, Wes Brown ran in the ball 90 yards to score, followed by an Ivany Sanchez kick, and the score was 34-20 with 10:58 left in the game.
David Mora would then return the favor for the Punchers when he took the kick from the Eagles and ran it 86 yards to score. Mejia's kick was true, and the score was 41-20.
The final score of the night, fittingly, was a Zach Hudson run. He carried in a short 3-yarder, Mejia kicked the extra point, and the score was 48-20 with only 2:30 left of play.
This week, Mason meets up with Christoval in Christoval at 7:30 p.m. The Christoval team has had a rough season; but, the Punchers will still approach them as a worthy opponent, and one that requires the respect of a peer.
The JV and Junior High games are both undergoing some shuffling this week. The 7th and 8th grade will play Christoval together on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. in Mason. The JV, meanwhile, will be traveling to Stephenville to meet up with the JV team from Glen Rose. Play in that game begins at 6:00 p.m.