Great defense, well placed blocking, a defensive safety, and great specialty teams all came together in this game to give the Punchers a 6-26 victory over the Ingram Warriors.
The Punchers scored first after a 58 yard drive that ended with a Rylee Owen T.D. Miguel Castillo followed the blocking of offensive linemen Kyle Zavala, Darron Del Toro, and J’Angelo Martinez to connect on the bootleg pass to Owen putting the Punchers in front 0-8.
The 2nd period was dictated by the Puncher defensive front. The Warriors struggled to pick-up yardage as Punchers turned them back time and time again. This defensive front included, Steven Morquecho, Luis Castillo, Charles Martinez, James Perlichek, and Josh Medina. When the first half ended, the Punchers held firm at 0-8.
In the 2nd half, the Punchers put together a great offensive drive with blocking from Uli Alvarez, Hunter Kunc, Jack Graves, and Zane Haley. Eduardo Villarreal made play after play as he made several good runs which put the ball on the Warrior 24 yard line. Villarreal then scored, followed by the point after by Miguel Castillo and the Punchers lead 0-16.
The Warriors found themselves back on the heals as the defense for the Punchers took over. Ingram faced a 3rd and long on their own 9 yard line when Kyle Zavala sacked the Warrior QB for the safety. The Punchers took the safety kick-off and three plays later Villarreal scored again, but the play was brought back on a holding call.
Ingram played hard to make a come-back and scored late in the 3rd period. Mason had one more drive left in them which covered 61 yards and was then topped off with a Luis Castillo T.D. Owen then caught a Miguel Castillo pass for the PAT and the Punchers finished out the game 6-26.
This group continues to improve especially on defense. Several stand-outs were noted including some big hits by, Colt Gipson, Uli Alvarez, Walker Kuhlmann, Sam Martinez, Austin Miller, and Kyle Zavala.
Next week the Punchers travel to Baird to take on Olney for a 5:00 and 6:30 kick-off.