For several weeks, Mason has battled opponents that didn't always require their full attention. With only one week to go before facing off against the undefeated Junction Eagles, the Punchers needed to be reminded that some teams DO come to play, and Rocksprings provided that wakeup call last Friday night.
The Angoras hosted the Punchers in Rocksprings, and they made sure that Mason would remember the visit.
During the first quarter, Mason neared the Rocksprings goal; but, failed to score. When the Angora's got the ball, they began a long driver back to the other end of the field, and shortly before the quarter ended, they scored on a short run by John Ruiz. Diego Patino's kick was good, and the first quarter would end with the score 0-7 for the Angoras.
The Punchers quickly took note that Rocksprings HAD come to play football, and got back into the game.
Mason drove down the field in the second quarter before finally scoring on a Justin Yonker keeper. Mejia's kick went wide and short, and the score was 6-7 with 8:00 minutes left in the first half.
After a short possession by Rocksprings, Mason began another scoring drive that would end with another Yonker score with 2:53 remaining. This time, Mejia's kick was dead on and the score was 13-7.
The ball went back, briefly, to the Angoras, then came back to Mason. With time running out in the first half, Joaquin Mejia set up the ball and booted in a 14-yard field goal just as half time was sounded, and the score was 16-7.
In the second half of play, the Punchers had fallen into their "groove" and began playing the football that hometown fans are accustomed to seeing. Six minutes into the third quarter, Zach Hudson carried in the ball for Mason, Mejia kicked, and the score was 23-7.
Then, late in the quarter, Yonker sprinted in 16 yards for another score. Mejia added the extra point, and the score was 30-7 with 2:21 left in the quarter.
Rocksprings was unable to do anything with their possession during the third quarter; but, finally broke out at the beginning of the fourth for their second, and final, score of the night when Justin Rodriguez shot off a 42-yard pass to Justin Brock for the touchdown. Diego Patino's kick was good, and the score was 30-14 with 11:48 remaining in the game.
The Punchers had settled into the game and kept the Angoras away from the goal line for the rest of the evening. They were even able to score one more time, with five minutes of play left, when Justin Yonker carried in the ball on a one-yard keeper. Mejia tagged on the extra point, and the score was 37-14 where it would stay till the final whistle was blown.
First Downs: Mason 18, Rocksprings 10
Rushing: Mason 277, Rockspring 106
Passing yardage: Mason 78, Rocksprings 106
Total plays: Mason 53, Rocksprings 42
This Friday, Mason will host the Junction Eagles. Both teams are undefeated in district play, so the winner will be the undefeated champion of the district. Game time is 7:30 p.m.