Horace Greeley could have been talking to the dedicated parents and players of the 8th Grade Football Team, saying, “go west young man”, because after a long drive into the setting sun, the Punchers were ready to play.
For the second time this year the Punchers set a good looking wall on the “Texas Return”, and Raul Silguero took the opening kick-off 66 yards for the first score of the evening. Cody Wood then connected with tight-end Leret Hemphill for the PAT and the Punchers were out front 8-0. The Hornets battled back and drove the ball 57 yards for the T.D. and point after, tieing the game at 8, midway throught the second period. When Mason finally got the ball again there was just 18 seconds remaining in the half. Wood quickly hooked up with Hemphill again for the touch-down with 7 seconds remaining which put the Punchers out ahead 14-8.
The third and fourth periods were all in the hands of the Punchers. Defensive linemen, Marcuss Martinez, Drigo Martinez, and defensive ends Jason Berreles and Hemphill pounded the Hornet running backs forcing three separate fumbles, which lead to three Puncher scores. Raul Silguero broke free on the trap play and scored, followed by Emilio Palacio’s touchdown and Cody Wood’s extra point place kick put the Punchers ahead 27-8. Our offensive linemen did a good job on these series, these players included, Ethan McKinney, Nick Dyer, Hector Medina, and Coby Velez. Jason Berreles toped off the scoring for the evening by following full-back Raul Silguero for a 37 yard power play finishing out the scoring 33-8.
The Puncher defense played well with the exception of the Hornets first drive and score. Jeffrey Williams, Logan Taylor, Damian Del Toro, and J.T. Danz made several good defensive stands. Cody Terry stepped in at linebacker and did a great job. Next week the Punchers will host the visiting Angoras of Rock Springs. Kick-off will be at 5:30.