If you bought a ticket for last weeks 8th Grade game you would probably agree it was money well spent. Hopefull you had your popcorn in hand early, because the Owls from Big Lake didn’t waste any time of putting points on the board. After a long kickoff from Go Chanriang, the Owls scored on play two, tacked on the extra point, before anyone had broken a sweat.
The Punchers picked up two first downs on their first possession but had to turn the ball over on downs. The Owls appeared to take control again offensively until the Big Lake running back coughed up the ball on the Puncher 24 yard-line. Miguel Castillo proceeded to hook up with Hunter Kunc on the throw-back for the score. When the Punchers attempted the option, the ball ended up on the ground , but an alert tight-end, Uli Alvarez, scooped it up and scored, which knotted the game at 8.
Puncher defense began to do their "thing", and the Owls found it was very difficult to run between the tackles. Mason’s TNT’s and linebackers ,Rylee Owen, Miguel Castillo, Zane Haley, Kyle Zavala, and J’Angelo Martinez, did a great job turning back a rather large running back for Big Lake. When the Owls were forced to turn the ball over on downs, Miguel Castillo set up the screen play, and Luis ran it in from the Owl 21 yard line. Miguel pushed the extra point over on the sneak and the Punchers lead 8-16 going into the 2nd period.
The next time the Reagan County boys got their hands on the ball they found it difficult to move it. Eduardo Villarreal, Steven Morquecho, Josh Medina, David Hill, and Go Chanriang did a great job on defense. The Owls were forced to punt from their own 42 yard line, but Miguel Castillo found plenty of blocking on the return, and was able to advance the ball all the way to the Owl 3 yard line. Luis followed FB Rylee Owen up the middle for the score. Miguel scored the point after on the sneak and the Punchers went into the half-time break leading, 8-24
The Owls were re-energized after the break and wasted no time in getting back into the game. Reagan County scored after moving the chains three consecutive times, by a nice pass and catch from the Puncher 42 yard line. The PAT was turned back by the Puncher defense, but the Owls narrowed the gap to 14-24.
The Puncher offensive line went to work on the next possession. Del Toro, Haley, Morquecho, Alvarez, and Kuhlmann, did a good job opening up lanes for Miguel, Luis, Villarreal and Owen. Miguel scored on a nice 31 yard run. Luis tacked on the PAT and the Punchers lead 14-32.
There would be three more scores in the 3rd period. Eduardo Villarreal scored on a 32 yard scamp, followed by an Owl score from the Puncher 17 yard line. Miguel finished out the scoring from the Owl 28 yard line, topping out the score in favor of the Punchers, 20-44.
This was a great team effort by the Mason boys. Reagan County had only lost one game and that was to Irran during the first week. Our guys knew they had their work cut out for them, and they responded just the way we knew they would. Next week the Punchers travel to Goldthwaite for a 6:30 kick-off.