The MHS football team will report to their preseason training camp on Monday, August 3rd which signals the start of yet another football season. As always, camp is open to the public and will run from 6:30AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Last years MHS football training camp was a little uneventful. You pretty much had an idea as to what the depth chart looked like long before you entered the locker room. This was due in large part to the size of last years senior class and the over all talent level on the team.This year it is wide open and it is anyone's guess as to who will land where. There are numerous open positions on both sides of the ball this year and I expect the competition for playing time to be fierce.This can only make us better!
When I asked Coach Joy what he thinks of this years team, he paused, glanced down at his clip board and then said with a wry smile, "We’re going to look a little different". Let me translate that for you. We are going to be good!
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and several ranking services agree because Mason came in at #11 in the state wide polls and are expected to battle 2009 State Champion Goldthwaite for the District title. Campbell’s Texas Football magazine also points out that Mason’s strength this year will be on the defensive side of the ball where Mason returns eight starters, with the tip of the spear being Junior Alvarez (5’9" 175lbs), Garrett Rice (6’1" 192lbs), A.J Martinez (5’9" 175lbs) and Garrett Allen (5’11" 220lbs). Campbell also goes on to point out that running back, David Mora (5’6" 160lbs), will be returning after bursting on to the scene with a 1600 yard effort last year and that tight end, Jacob Bibb (6’2" 225lbs), will be moving to fullback.
Other players mentioned in the article as "Prospects to keep your eye on" are; (LB) Chase Crouch, (QB) Dillon Estes, (WR) Chance Stockbridge, (LB) Ethan Hudson, (S) Tanner Geistweidt, (DE) Zach Graves, (OL) Dyllan Hofmann, and (DE) Ben Byork. You can pick up a copy of the magazine at any HEB, Walmart or Super S
When you start to take a look at the teams in Region 2 District 13 the first thing that jumps out at you is that they all made the Playoffs last year and are returning extremely talented skill position players. All five teams have the potential to win on any given Friday night and I forsee a tight race.
One of the big surprises to all this year will be the size of Mason’s Offensive line, which is bigger than last years. They will average 230lbs across the front and will be anchored by Dyllan Hoffmann (5’11" 235lbs). How quickly they develop as a cohesive unit will be critical to the success of our season. The Punchers will also have a new QB1 this year as Coach Joy hands the keys to the car to Senior Dillon Estes. He is a classic three step drop QB who can flat out chuck the rock. His ability to step in and manage the Punchers potent Power-I offense will also be a key factor to the success of this years campaign.
If there is one can’t miss game this year it is the Mason vs Goldthwaite game. It has already been tabbed as one of the top 10 dream games in Class 1A this year and may very well be one of the most important games ever played at the Puncher Dome, with major Playoff and District Champion implications coming in to play.
This is how the ranking services see District 13 playing out in 2010. 1.) Goldthwaite 2.) Mason 3.) Reagan County 4.) Winters 5.) Eldorado