The Mason JV had to scramble to find a game last Thursday after the Eldorado Eagles cancelled. On Tuesday, just two days before the game, the coaches were able to find a game against the Albany Lions, home of our very own Coach Bobby Smith.
With the short week of preparation and long drive up to Albany, the cards were stacked against the Punchers. Albany, who is a top 5 program in the state, came out of the gates swinging and caught the JV Punchers off guard. Before Mason knew it, they found themselves in a 28-0 hole and that score went to the half.
In the second half, Mason came out with a new sense of focus to try to turn the game around. After a big 4th down stop, the Punchers put together what would end up being their only scoring drive of the night. Behind the hard running of Raul Silguera and Emilio Palacio, the Punchers drove down to the 25 yard line before Elliot Bibb connected with Cody Wood for the score cutting the lead to 28-6.
The Bibb-Wood connection has been monstrous for the Punchers this year. Also a strong suit for Mason this year has been their defense. And in the second half they played Mason Puncher football. Jacoby Patterson, Steven Villarreal, and Tanner Dutton had big games for the Punchers flying all over the field and causing havoc, including 2 big turnovers. The Punchers outscored the Lions 6-0 in the second half and played a game and learned a lesson that will no doubt make them better in the weeks and years to come.
The Punchers will try to get back on the winning note this Thursday at 7:30 against Reagan County. The game will be played at the Puncherdome.