The Mason JV Punchers hosted the Owls from Reagan County this past Thursday looking to get back on the winning note after they suffered their first defeat of the year against Albany two weeks ago.
A plethora of big plays fueled the Punchers all night long. Mason scored on their first drive when Emilio Palacio pounded in a score from 3 yards out. The Punchers used a little trickeration on a fake extra point to take an early 8-0 lead.
The Punchers forced a 4th down punt situation on the Owls next possession. Taylor Meader, who has been a big player all season long, came up with another big play, blocking the Reagan County punt. Mason quickly scored again on a 12 yard run by Raul Silguera making the score 14-0 early in the second quarter. On their next possession, the Owls decided that if they were to make a game of it, they would need to go to the air. Bad move.
Cody Wood picked off the R.C. quarterback and scampered 67 yards for another Mason score. After holding the Owls on a big 4th down stop, the Punchers all but put the game away when Silguera broke a touchdown run for 40 yards making the score 26-0. Taylor Meader then made yet another big play for the Punchers when he caused a fumble and teammate Zane Simon recovered late in the first half.
Two plays later, Palacio raced 28 yards down the sideline to make the score 33-0 at the half. Wood then took the 2nd half kickoff and galloped 80 yards for his second score of the day making it 39-0 Mason with still almost a full half of football left to play.
Hector Medina, Steven Villarreal, and Jacoby Patterson kept the pressure up on defense all night. Medina had two sacks and a forced fumble in the game. With the clock running in the second half, the Punchers chose to work on different aspects of the game. The Punchers were able to tack on one more score, a Palacio 27 yard run, in the 3rd quarter. Late in the final period, the Owls tried to put one last scoring drive together. Cornerback Bobby Liimatainen had a different idea. He stepped in front of the pass and picked it off to seal the game. Liimatainen said of his interception, "I wasn’t going to let him pull any funny business."
The Punchers will try to carry the victory into this week’s game against Goldthwaite. Game time is set for 7:30 in Goldthwaite.