Our Mason Punchers received quite a bit of press during their open week. First the San Angelo Standard Times covered the front page of their sports section with a feel good story about our Punchers titled, " Against All Odds". Fox Sports Southwest mentioned Mason in their High School Spot Light as; " A Team to keep your eye on". Then finally late in the week Coach Joy was notified by The United States Army and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football that Mason had been selected as the, "Army Strong Team Of The Week". Capt. Jay Williams of the Army stated that; "The Punchers were chosen for their team work, dedication, and courage under extremely trying circumstances". He also went on to say; "The Punchers exhibited mental, physical, and emotional qualities beyond their years". Capt. Williams will present the award to MHS at a date to be determined.
This week our Punchers will face the Warriors of Ingram. The Warriors who were 3A last year have dropped down to 2A and boast an enrollment that tops out at 430 students. They bring in a record of 3-1 and are picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the difficult District 13, behind Blanco, Lago Vista, and Comfort. They are coached by Larry Kowalski and here is what we know about them.
Our Punchers will find themselves looking into a mirror this week. Ingram prescribes to the same run centric smash mouth style that the our Punchers use. The Warriors will show multiple looks out of the I-formation and they like to dump the ball into the flats. Defensively they are sound, but young, with five of their starters being juniors. This contest will be a grind and will come down to who is the more physical over four quarters.
On the Mason side of the ball here are a couple of story lines to keep your eye on. #32 Zach Graves has replaced Jacob Bibb at fullback. He was absolutely blowing people up last week and is quickly becoming David Mora’s new best friend. #53 Korey Zavala graded out at over 85 percent last week and has been a hoss on the offensive and defensive line. I have been giving him a hard time since he was in Junior High that he smiles to much. Ol' Korey ain’t smilin' anymore!
It's Homecoming folks and if my sons cell phone is an indicator it sounds like Texas A&M, San Angelo State, Texas, UTSA, Texas State, Tarleton, Baylor and Texas Tech will all be missing a few students this week, as our Mason alumni come flooding back into town. It should be another wild one so get there early, be purple, and be loud!
GO PUNCHERS !!!!!!!!!