What had all of the earmarks of a competitive game turned into a rout last Friday as our Punchers crushed Olney 45-6. The decisive win brought movement in two different polls. Padilla #4, Harris #5, DCTF #6, AP #6.
Olney, who had four of their best players on injured reserve did not stand a chance as David Mora scampered for 4 touchdowns, A.J. Martinez rumbled for two more and Rio Schmidt was "Steady Eddy" with six extra points and a field goal. Our Defense was stifling as always giving up only one touchdown that came midway in the third quarter when most of the starters had already been been pulled.
District play will kick off this week with four teams from District 13 bumping heads. Goldthwaite will face off with Reagan County and Winters will take on Eldorado. The following is a snap shot of our district opponents.
Goldthwaite was upset for the second time last week falling to Marion 21-19, which now brings their record to 3-2. Their All-State linebacker who has been sidelined with a broken arm will return to the line up this week.......... Winters finally played a team last week that did not resemble a JV team and got waxed by Albany 42-14 bringing their record to 5-1............. Eldorado whipped McCamey last week 55-0, bringing their record to 5-1. They have a potent ground attack, however, they were dismantled by Iraan 52-0 in week four............... Reagan County got knocked off by Ozona last week 31-0 bringing their record to 3-3. They are one of the larger teams in our district and have been riddled with injuries, but look to be healthy this week.
Our Punchers who are now 5-0 will head to Johnson City this week for their final non-district game. The Eagles are coached by Brent Harris and here is what we know about them.
Johnson City brings in a record of 3-2. They run the spread offense and will look to pass first and run second. They will rely on three speedy wide receivers Kris Mcdonald, Larmie Blackwell, and Luke Neely. Johnson City teams usually play a wide open brand of football that should prove to be a solid test for our defense. What really makes this game interesting is that Johnson City and Mason have been projected as first round playoff opponents by several ranking services, including Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and the Padilla Poll.
This will be the Punchers' final tune up before district play. Johnson City is a short drive, so let's head down Highway 87 and pluck the Eagles!