What was supposed to be a final tune up game prior to District play for Mason and Johnson City, turned into a West Texas shoot out last Friday. It was a game that came down to the last couple of seconds with Mason prevailing 30-24, pushing their record to (6-0) (0-0).
Mason’s approach to the game was to once again be conservative in their play calling and not show to much before District play. Johnson City viewed this as a statement game against the #5 ranked Punchers and approached the contest as if it was the Superbowl. They threw the ball 35 times, ran it 23 times and were on page twenty of their play book well before half time. It was a wide open pedal to the metal offense that had our defense scrambling and making adjustments on the fly all night. You just cannot say enough about our boys on the defensive side of the ball, they came up big!
Our offense was once again ground based with David Mora carrying the ball 48 times for 324 yards and four touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns were set up by some timely passing, as Dillon Estes hooked up with Kramer Watson and Winston Trip on third and long.
Mason will open up District play at the Puncher Dome Friday as the Eagles of Eldorado come calling. Eldorado opened up their District play last week by falling to Winters 32-20 in a tight game that was riddled with turnovers. Eldorado brings in a record of (5-2) (0-1), are coached by Danny Wilhelm, and here is what we know about them.
Eldorado boasts the largest offensive line in the District, averaging 270 pounds across the front. The center piece of this behemoth line is, Ben Wipff ( 6’4" 310 lbs). Make no mistake about it Eldorado is about ground and pound. Carrying the mail for Eldorado will be a flashy little back by the name of, Rudy Sanchez ( 5’10" 175 4.6). He has been featured as the West Texas player of the week twice and we must not let him get to the outside. On the defensive side of the ball keep your eye on, Miles Mikeska (6’0" 195lbs). He is an All-District linebacker who has been moved to Free Safety.
It is the start of District play folks and these are the games that matter, with the top three teams in the District headed to the playoffs. It's that time of year when that all important 12th man known as the "Mason Faithful" becomes a factor and every play matters. Lets pack the Puncher Dome Friday night and take our first step toward the 2010 District and State Championships!