There is an old saying in West Texas regarding high school football, “You do not play a team, you play a town.” That could not have been more the case this past week as our community which prides itself on being the 12th man, packed the Puncherdome and witnessed a hallmark moment in MHS football as our Punchers dismantled Junction 41-28 and laid claim to their second consecutive District Championship. During the post game celebration it seemed as if the whole town was on the field. It was a cornucopia of smiles, hugs, and flash bulbs. Nothing galvanizes a town like a winning football program.
The buzz about our Punchers and the Junction game was off the charts as the Mason faithful spent the entire week preparing for this game. Leading the charge was Jerry “Banner Boy” Smith who with the help of our city works department and numeous volunteers constructed and raised several oversized banners that appeared all over town, With the two most popular being “How about those Punchers“ which fell like a giant curtain from the roof top of the Puncherdome and “The Nightmare on Puncher Street” which was featured in the San Angelo Standard Times. Our town is all about tradition and old Banner Boy may have started a new one. Kudos must also go out to Lynn Searcy who gave a moving speech at the pep rally, Dee and Lee Henrich who painted the field for the second time this year; the volunteers that strung ballons and signs all the way from Juntion to Mason; those tireless Puncher Club parents; and most important of all, the Mason faithful who were absolutely crazed Friday night and truly are the 12th man of our team.
Our Punchers will enjoy the week off as District play wraps up this week. The battle for the third and final playoff spot in Disrtict 29 will be based upon the outcome of the Eldorado vs Rocksprings game and the Menard vs Junction game.
It is still a little unclear who our first playoff opponent will be, however, rest assured in next weeks column I will have a complete run down of our opponent, regional pairings, and a behind the scenes look at our Punchers as they prepare to take us to the big dance.
In the mean time, you can start getting ready for our playoff run by securing a 2009 playoff t-shirt for $12.00 or an official Mason Jacket for $50.00. The t-shirts will go on sale at the Junior High office on Thursday, November 5th. The Mason Jackets can be ordered immediately by contacting Victoria Duarte at the Junior High office; 347-1122 or E-mail Paul Rice at (firstname.lastname@example.org) GO PUNCHERS!!!!! GET STATE!!!!!