The defending State Champion Eagles of Goldthwaite proved unequivocally last Friday night why they are a unanimous pick to retain the title in 2010, as they absolutely crushed Mason 42-6, bringing the Punchers' eight game winning streak to an end and leaving the Mason faithful stunned. Mason’s only highlight of the night was a 47 yard touchdown pass from Dillon Estes to Garrett Rice.
To make matters worse, Winters Head Coach, Steve Hermesmeyer, who was scouting the game, said afterwards that he questioned the Punchers' ability to hang with the Blizzards in their upcoming game. The gamesmanship on his part may have been premature. It has been my experience that when a team suffers such a devastating loss as our Punchers did last past week, it sets up a highly focused blueprint for all future games. The reality check may be exactly what our Punchers needed prior to the Playoffs. Sometimes, a good old fashion butt kicking is a good thing.
Our Punchers will travel to Winters (7-2) this week for their final district game. Both teams have qualified for the Playoffs and the outcome will decide the 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the District. The Blizzards are coached by Steve Hermesmeyer, and here is what we know about them.
Carrying the load for Winters' offense are two small but speedy running backs, Angel Baron and Ryan Sandoval. They average 5’8 160lbs and are not going to run you over, however, if you give them a step to the outside they will be gone in a heart beat. Winters also features the second best quarterback in the District, Riley Ripley. At 6’1" 155lbs he looks like a stiff wind could blow him over, however, do not be fooled. He leads the District in passing percentage, controls the Winters huddle with an iron fist and always seems to make the big play when the Blizzards need one. The real secret to Winters success has been their defensive line which is anchored by Justin Trevino (5’11' 220lbs). They are not necessarily big but they are quick to the football and are proving to be a force in the Winters program.
Next week I will breakdown the state playoffs, complete with brackets, rankings, predictions and much more.
GO PUNCHERS !!!!