Legendary Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry always believed that your offensive line is your identity and defense wins championships. Our Punchers epitomized that philosophy last Friday as they stunned the Longhorns of Harper, 28-12. Our Punchers who came in as a 10 point underdog seemed to have an answer for everything that Class 2A Harper threw at them. Our offensive line served notice to all by paving the way for David Mora, who scampered for over 175 yards and four touchdowns. Our defense was relentless coming up big on third and short all night long, with six different players posting five solo tackles a piece. The victory should move Mason up a notch in the state wide polls, when they are released later this week. Next up Junction!
The storied rivalry between Junction and Mason is about to write another chapter Friday night, as our Punchers embark on their first road trip and prepare to go mano-mano with the Golden Eagles. Junction lost to Bronte last Friday 32-27 in a game that was riddled with turn overs. I expect Junction to be sky high this week, as they seek their first win.
If you could be in the Junction locker room prior to this annual slug fest, I can not help but think that this is what you would hear Coach Cory Spivey telling his players........ We have lost to Mason three years in a row! Last year we had them on the ropes only to be blown out in the second half by an aerial bombardment, and then they dropped a banner from the roof of the Puncher Dome proclaiming, " How About Those Punchers", enough is enough! We need a win!
That pretty much sums up the tone of this week's game, so let's take a look at what Junction has in store for us.
Junction has moved to Class 2A this year and are going to be a handful. In order to establish a more diverse ground attack, Junction has switched to the Permian Winged - T offense. This type of offense is based upon multiple fakes and misdirection plays. The key to this multifaceted attack will be a slick handed Junior quarterback by the name of Brad Sandlin and last years Region 4 MVP, Ty Stapp (6’1' 205lbs) who last year rumbled for over 1700 yards, 25 touchdowns and carried Junction all the way to the State Semifinals.
The Defensive side of the ball may be where Junction’s strength really lies, as they return 8 starters including one All-District linebacker, three down linemen and their entire secondary. Look for Junction to run the "Stack" on defense. It is designed to cause problems for teams who like to pound the rock.
This week's game will be an even tougher test as the schedule known as "Murderers Row" shows no sign of weakening. So let's bring the purple storm to Junction and show the Golden Eagles that enough, is never enough, when you play the Punchers!