The 8th Grade Football team was on the road again this week as they traveled to Eldorado to take on the Eagles.
On the opening kick-off, Go Hasanai kicked to the Eagle 5 yard line, Mason specialty team quickly covered and forced Eldorado to set up shop on their own 14 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Eagle QB rolled to his right on the sprint out pass and was picked off by strong safety Samuel Martinez, who returned the ball to the Eagle 1 yard line. Luis Castillo followed FB Rylee Owen over tackle for the score. The PAT failed, but with 24 ticks off the clock the Puncher were out in front 0-6.
The Eagles tried to regain themselves but were forced to turn over the ball on a 3 and out on their second possession. When Mason got their hands on the ball, offensive linemen made short work for the next score. Kyle Zavala, J’Angelo Martinez, Uli Alvarez and Darron Del Toro knocked down Eagles and allowed Eduardo Villarreal to break on a 27 yard run for the score. Villarreal tacked on the point after and the Punchers lead, 0-14.
Miguel Castillo scored next on a good block from Alvarez. He read the QB option right and covered 38 yards for the score. Castillo then connected with FB Owen on the bootleg pass and the Punchers lead 0-22.
Eldorado had a hard time gaining any momentum in the 2nd period. Defense for the Punchers stepped up and did a good job. Defensive ends Josh Medina and Uli Alvarez forced their running game inside for TNT’s Zavala, Haley, Morqucho, and Charles Martinez, while linebackers Miguel Castillo and Rylee Owen made tackle after tackle. When the Eagles were forced to punt on a 4th and 9, the Punchers set a nice wall on the return for Miguel Castillo, lead by a great brotherly block from Luis that scored on a 57 yard return. The QB sneak by Miguel finished out the scoring for the half 0-30.
When the Punchers returned after the break, they had one more scoring drive in them and it came on a 3rd and long from the Eagle 40 yard line. Castillo connected with Castillo on the screen pass, followed by the QB sneak for the PAT and Punchers lead 0-38.
These guys continue to improve each week. We have so many players that can rotate in and do a good job that the average fan can’t really distinguish who started the defensive or offensive series. Our secondary not only plays the pass well but will come up and hit you. These guys include, Go Chanriagn, Jack Graves, Hunter Kunc, James Perlicheck, Eduardo Villarreal, and Ryan Wartenbach. Our defensive front consists of Zavala, Morquecho, Miller, Medina, J’Angelo and Charles Martinez, Hill, Haley, Gipson, and Alvarez. Offensively, we have some quick strong backs but the key ingredient is many of the same lineman just mentioned and how well they block.
Everyone plays hard and supports each other. I believe that is one of the things on our list of goals. Start the process of becoming a great team.
The Punchers will stay at home next week and take on the Owls of Big Lake.