The road map to the State Football Championship was put in place this past weekend as the UIL released the Texas High School Playoff brackets. The hunt for the elusive 2009 State Title will require a team to win six consecutive games in post season play in order to hoist the championship trophy.
Our Punchers who finished the regular season ranked 15th in the State with an overall record of (8-2) will for the second year in a row open up against the Cowboys of D’Hanis. The winner of this game will then move on to the second round and take on the winner of the La Villa vs. #4 Falls City game.
D’Hanis, which is located 30 miles south of Bandera, brings in a record of (8-2) and is the number two seed out of District 30. Their colors are Purple and Gold and here is what we know about them.
The Cowboys are under the direction of head Coach Troy Langfeld, who likes to spread the ball around. On four different occasions this year, Cowboy quarterback, Chris Alvarez, threw the ball 20 times or more with his favorite target being Jose Martinez. Against Leaky, twelve different players tallied receptions. When the Cowboys are not throwing look for running back, Beau Zinsmeyer ( 5"11 195lbs) to carry the load. He is 4A transfer who is averaging over 100 yards per game.
Last year the Punchers spanked the Cowboys pretty good and I am sure they will view this as the pay back game. This is a team that scares me for a couple of reasons: 1) D’Hanis put 21 points on the board against #4 Falls City, who has the number one defense in Region 4, only to lose to them by a score of 34-21 late in the 4th quarter; 2) The first round in the playoffs is where Cinderellas are born. A perfect example of this would be Ganado. They were not ranked in the top 20 last year and they made it all the way to the State-Semi finals.
Our Punchers were all business at practice this week. Not too high, not too low. Our young defense which is made up of eight juniors and only three seniors has been the surprise story this year. During practice this week they spent a great deal of time tweaking Coach Joys signature “monster” defense. It can be complex at times, however, for opposing teams it has been devastating. The overall success of our defense can also be attributed to the aggressive nature of our players. We have some fiery personalities on this side of the ball, who for lack of a better term, like a good fight. The defense should keep proving successful if they can keep dictating the tempo of the game by forcing the opposing offense out of their comfort zone and our corners step up and take away the deep threat. Look for A.J. Martinez at (SS); Garrett Rice at (FS) ;Jeremy Hamilton and Junior Alvarez at (LB); Ethan Hudson and Zach Graves at (DE) ; Chase Crouch, and Tanner Geisweidt at (CB); Garrett Allen at (NG); Jaquin Mejia at( RT); and Vance Lehmberg at (LT).
As for our offense look for much of the same. Our “Power I” offense is like novocaine, it will eventually get the best of you. Our “Power I” begins and ends with an offensive line that could very well be one of the best in the State. They have become household names over the past three years; Casy Kruse, Joaquin Mejia, Jayton Henrich, and Vance Lehmberg. To compliment this fearsome foursome are two sophomores on the rise, Dylan Hoffman and Jacob Bibb. In the backfield you have the odd couple, Zach Hudson who moves up field like a Mack truck taking along anybody who wants to go for the ride and David Mora who moves up field lke a purple Ferrari weaving through city traffic. The unsung hero of our backfeld is fullback, Estevan Villareal, he is the lead blocker in our offensive schemes and has been money in the flats. At quarterback is Justin Yonker, who has found his midseason form and is humming the ball around the field with pin point accuracy. Our corp of receivers; Garrett Rice, Ethan Holland, Chance Stockbridge, and Jeremy Duarte, who all have mutilple catches and touchdowns on the season, have proven dangerous the minute they break the huddle.
Picking up valuable experience on our special teams and rotating in on both sides of the ball are: Dillon Estes, Paden Hemphill, Ben Byork, Albino Cedillo, Gerardo Perez, Roddy Castillo, Christian Orta, Rico Sedillo, Omar Martinez, Jorge Morales, and Tyler Chew.
The Mason vs. D’Hanis playoff game will take place Friday night, November 13th @ 7:30 p.m. in Fredericksburg. The game time weather forecast calls for overcast skies and a kickoff temperature of 49 degrees. It’s playoff time in Texas folks and the ride is about to begin! For a complete run down of the Playoff brackets go to www.uil.utexas.edu/football . Playoff t-shirts $12.00 and Official Mason Puncher Jackets $50.00 are now on sale at the Junior High office............ GO PUNCHERS!!!!!.......... GET STATE!!!!!
CLASS 1A DIVISION 2 REGION 4 Round 1
Thrall vs #17 Chilton
Louise gets a bye
D’Hanis vs #15 Mason
La Villa vs #4 Falls City
Bosquiville vs Bartlet
Ganado gets a bye
Rocksprings vs #13 LaPryor
Bruni vs Woodsboro