The Punchers played host to the visiting Cougars of Christoval this past Thursday evening. The 7th Grade had to play in a scrimmage type setting, as requested by the visitors. In that engagement, the Punchers did a nice job of holding their opponent at bay on defense. The Cougars had a lot of difficulty moving the ball, however, the Punchers put together a nice 70 yard drive that ended in the only score of the two teams.
In the 8th Grade game, Christoval found a stiff defense awaited them on their own 38 yard-line. The Cougars had to punt the ball away, after their first possession which set in motion a 68 yard drive and score by Mason. Offensive linemen, Marcus Martinez, Hector Medina, and Ethan McKinney, opened up the rather large defensive front of Christoval , and Jason Berreles, Raul Silguero, and Cody Wood moved the ball down the field for the score. Wood then connected from the Cougar 9 yard-line with Leret Hemphill for the score but the PAT failed. The Cougars quickly roared back an impressive drive of their own for a score, which put the Punchers down 6-8. Almost like rewinding the film, Wood directed the team down the field on a 62 yard drive then connected again on a nice pass and catch with Hemphill on the throw-back for the go ahead score. Mason lead 12-8.
The second period appeared the Cougars would regain the lead after driving the ball from the Puncher 58 yard-line, however Price Ruffin picked off a Cougar pass inside the Puncher 10 yard-line. The Punchers fumbled the ball three plays later on their own 7 yard-line and Christoval taxed the Punchers with a quick score, going ahead 12-16. Just before the Mason crowd could complete their big congregational sign, the Puncher’s specialty team set up their Texas return on the next kick-off, and Cody Wood made his way to a strong return wall. After a key block by Marcuss Martinez near the 50 yard-line, Wood went the distance for the score, then Jason Berreles tacked on the PAT and once again the Punchers lead 20-16.
The Cougars suffered more disappointment when Wood picked off a Cougar pass on his own 45 yard-line then scored after breaking two tackles. Hemphill reeled in the pass on the point after and the home-boys lead 28-16.
Christoval wasted no time in getting back in the game after the half-time break, when they set up a nice 67 yard reverse for the score. The Punchers maintained their lead but by a narrow margin of 28-24.
The final period would be the final blow to the Cougars when Cody Wood set up a fake-reverse play that took him down the Cougar side-line after traveling 59 yards for the score, finishing out the game in favor of the Punchers 34-24.
Our guys are getting better every game. Christoval came into this contest undefeated, as were the Punchers. Our guys are having to deal with some hard obstacles. We have guys out with injuries and sickness, but everyone else is taking up the slack which I am very proud of. Most of our players play on both sides of the ball. Our linemen: Marcuss Martinez, Drigo Martinez, Hector Medina, Ethan McKinney, and Nick Dyer seldom get a rest. We have three running backs and one quarter-back, that play either as line-backers or secondary men and they do a great job. Our wide-receivers shuffle in and out of the game and they do a good job blocking down field on offense. Newcomers Jeffrey Williams and Nathan Hernandez have plugged right into our offense and defense. Williams had a nice return on a on a kick-off and both he and Hernandez made several good open field tackles in the contest. Cody Terry has stepped into a linebackers position and he and Raul Silguero made play after play on defense. Next week the 7th grade will host the visiting Blizzards of Winters and the 8th grade will travel to Irion County for a 5:30 kick-off.