It appears that yet another season has come and gone for the Junior High Football teams. Both teams finished out the year by playing Junction. The 7th grade had a great game. Ed Villareal scored in the first period of play on the power play and Miguel Castillo scored in the second period on the sneak which allowed the Punchers to go into the break leading 12-0. Our offensive linemen have come a long way since August. They developed themselves through hard work and it was apparent in this game. Uli Alvarez, Kyle Zavala, and Zane Haley made block after block which freed Rylee Owen, Miguel and Louis Castillo up on the offensive side of the ball. Junction struggled for yardage each time they had possession due to some great defensive play by; Darron De Toro, Charles Martinez, Josh Medina, Pascual Callejas, Sam Martinez, and Jack Graves.
The second half was very similar to the first as Louis Castillo took a high snap from center on a 4th and long. He broke free from the Mason 42 yard line and scored seconds later putting the Puncher out front 18-0. Miguel Castillo finished out the scoring for Mason in the 4th period from the Junction 6 yard line topping out the score 24-0. Great finish and season for the Punchers.
The 8th Grade game didn’t fair as well for the Punchers. The Eagles jumped out in front early and scored in the first period then again midway through the second period putting the Puncher behind 0-16. In spite of that half-time score, many outstanding defensive plays occurred which included, Emilio Palacio, Leret Hemphill, Cody Wood, Nick Dyer, Raul Silguero, Jason Berreles and Marcuss Martinez.
The Punchers showed a lot of class by mounting a drive in the 4th period which covered 62 yards and was topped off with a Palacio score from the 3 yard line, finishing out the game 6-16.
I can’t brag on these guys enough. Both the 7th and 8th grade teams improved each and everyday. They remained dedicated to the game and each other. Many things happen in the course of an athletic season. Most of those things are never really observed by the casual fan. All of these young men are easy to coach, and show a desire to learn and get better. They never complained about the things I asked them to do. Coaches and administrators from other schools complimented them on their behavior and sportsmanship. Winning is important but it comes on many different levels. There is a lot more to football than blocking and tackling. I look forward to watching these guys develop in the coming years. The Punchers would like to thank all the devoted parents and administratiors that traveled far and wide with their support. Also a big thanks to the varsity coaches that help not only on game day but daily in our workouts. And finally a “thank you”, to the local officials that are often called on to help with sub-varsity games, as well as coverage by the Mason County Newpaper.