After coming off a couple of wins, the 7th Grade hit a pretty tough brick wall this past week in Eldorado. The Eagles could not field a 7th grade team so with a little phone calling and searching, the Punchers were able to take on a combined team of 7th and 8th graders from Ozona.
In the first period the Lions struck quickly on a QB sprint out that covered 58 yards for the score and point after. The Lions then scored again in the 2nd period from the Puncher 23 yard line on the sweep. A good defensive play by Pedro Rivera forced a sack on the point after but the Lions were out in front 14-0.
The Punchers came back in the 3rd quarter with a lot better offensive effort. Linemen Brewer, Calderon, Durst, Gonzalez, and Moreno opened several good running lanes for Hudson, Gilley, and Bibb. Mason moved the ball but could never put together a sustained drive.
Ozona was held in check during the 3rd quarter with several good defensive stands. Hudson and Moreno did a good job on defense. Samuel Dyer, Levi Hofmann, and Spencer Bierschwale saved several big plays from becoming scores for the Lions.
Ozona tacked on one final score for the game during the 4th period, on a QB bootleg that covered 31 yards putting the Lions out front 20-0.
In spite of the score, our defense did a decent job. Ozona was big and physical but we had a lot of guys making some tough plays. The Punchers also had a touchdown called back on a holding call, so not all was bad. I think games like this just adds to the learning process of young players. We as coaches, just like players, like to win of course, but if young guys can learn from games like this, then later put that lesson to use, they are better for it. If it was all easy and everyone got a blue ribbon, everyone would do. It’s like I am always telling our guys, " that horseshoe on a varsity helmet, is hard to come by".
Next week the Puncher host the visiting Owls from Big Lake.