The Eagles of Eldorado were sent staggering back to their bus last Friday pleading, No Mas! No Mas! As our Punchers who are holding firm at #5 in the State, won decisively 40-6 in the opening round of District play.
Coach Joy unleashed a defensive scheme that had nine players rolled up on the line of scrimmage just daring Eldorado to pass. The smothering defense that was loaded with multiple blitz packages all but paralyzed the over sized Eagles. Our defense has built a reputation as being outright nasty. They epitomize clean, physical football, which has left other teams carrying players off the field in droves. Linebacker Junior Alvarez summed it up best," For three hours on Friday night opposing teams enter our world, its a world they will soon not forget."
Our offense which dominated the clock and tempo of the game rushed for 387 yards on 50 carriers and scored five touchdowns: A.J Martinez (3); David Mora (2); and Dillon Estes (1), while Rio Schmidt split the uprights for (4) extra points. We also threw the ball 6 times, and completed one pass.
This week our Punchers will find themselves making the three hour trip to Big Lake to take on the Owls of Reagan County. This is an extremely important game for the following reason. If we win, our Punchers will have secured a spot in the playoffs. The fact that there are only five teams in the District does not leave a lot of wiggle room. Two wins you're in, two losses you're out.
Reagan County will enter Fridays contest with two district losses and are all but out of the playoff hunt. This makes them extremely dangerous. They have nothing to lose and I expect them to open up the flood gates with gadget plays and trickery on the offensive side of the ball and will most probably put nine in the box on defense.
A victory over Reagan County would set up the mother of all games. #5 Mason vs #6 Goldthwaite! The temperature is dropping and the stakes are rising, so let's all jump in our rigs make the trip to Big Lake and solidify our spot in the playoffs.
GO PUNCHERS !!!!!