The District Championship
It has been almost impossible this week to have a conversation with somebody and not have it eventually come around to the the Mason vs Junction football game that is about to take place Friday night at the Puncherdome. A win would secure the District Championship out right for our Punchers, and also make them back to back District Champions (2008-2009). The game which has been hotly debated in the newspaper and Internet web-sites has so many story lines that I do not know where to begin.
Lets look first at the historical value.The last time our Punchers ran the table and won the District out right was 1995, some fourteen years ago. The last time our Punchers won back to back District Titles was in 1994-1995. Now here is the one I really like. When was the last time Mason and Junction both came in un-defeated in District play, and went head to head for the District Championship in the last game of the season? NEVER! Thats right, this will be a first. Friday night has all the makings of a little slice of MHS football history and you can say I was there!
This may also be the last time Junction and Mason tangle under the District 29 umbrella. The UIL rumor mill has it that Junction could very well be going Class 2A next year and Mason may be on their way to brutal Class1A District 25, where such powerhouse programs as Goldthwaite, Chilton, Meridian and Bosqueville have been permanent residents for years.
Friday night's game, which is considered the #1 game in Class 1A this week has garnished so much attention that CBS affiliate KLST -8 out of San Angelo will be covering the game, along with four newspapers, two radio stations, and mutiple football web-sites. I have been told that this may very well be the largest turnout for a MHS football game due to the level of importance, the proximity of the towns, and the fierce rivalry that dates back to 1915.
Junction's offense will be under the direction of All-West Texas Quarterback, Jason “Slim” McKinnerney (6’1" 160lbs). Last year he led the Eagles all the way to the State Semi-Finals. Look for him to test our secondary early in order to stretch the field and soften up the middle. Coming out of the backfield will be the Eagles trojan like running back, Ty Stapp, (6’2" 205lbs). He does not possess the speed of his brother, Dustin Stapp, who was All-State and the Region Four MVP last year, however, he is bigger, much stronger, and will dare our young defense to bring him down.
The sports writers see this game as a toss up. Both teams are built around a run-centric philosophy. Both teams have stifling defenses that are giving up less than 11 points a game and both teams are under proven senior leadership at quarterback. It just does not get any better!
It has been quite awhile since we had a game of this magnitude so if you do not show up we will all assume you do not have a pulse. Let's buckle our chin straps, put our mouth pieces in and get ready to rumble! This one is for all the marbles! This one is for bragging rights! This one is for..............THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!
DISTRICT 29 STANDINGS
Mason vs Junction
Eldorado vs Irion County
Rocksprings vs Menard
Christoval is open