In last week’ article, I wrote about, a game that was worth the money, hoped you got your popcorn and coke early because the Punchers hit the field ready to play. Well, none of that applied to this game. It was a little more like, "Nightmare on Elm Street," or a prelude to "Friday the 13th".
To be honest, the Punchers pretty much stunk up the field for the first half. But then again, maybe I am too critical, the Eagles could have put 30 points on the board had it not been for several good defensive stands. In short, however, Goldthwaite did score twice, and missed both extra points. The Punchers on the other hand, fumbled snaps, lost kick-offs and only ran a few offensive plays the entire half.
After the break, the team that was dressed in purple the first half, must have packed their bags and left, because the team that came out after the break was the team that has been doing so well each Thursday night.
On the first play from scrimmage, Rylee Owen, Hunter Kunc, and Darron Del Toro threw three key blocks that opened the gate for Eduardo Villarreal’s 48 yard touchdown run. Luis Castillo followed Owen and Uli Alvarez over the middle for the extra point and the Punchers closed the gap 12-8.
The Puncher defense stepped up after the score began to push their offensive line backwards. The Eagles were forced to punt and the Punchers were ready for their next offensive attack. Luis Castillo, Miguel Castillo then pounded the ball between the tackles which would result in another Puncher score by Luis. Luis Castillo got the call again on the PAT and the Punchers took the lead 12-16.
As the 3rd period began to wind down, the Puncher offensive line took control of the next drive. These linemen included, Zavala, Morquecho, Medina, J’Angelo, Kuhlmann, Haley, and Alvarez. Miguel Castillo then rolled out to pass from his own 8 yard line, but tucked the ball and pushed it in himself. The screen pass to Luis finished out the extra point, and the Punchers lead early in the 4th period, 12-24.
The Eagles found it difficult to get anything to work for them. Puncher defense held them in check in all areas. When the Punchers got their hands on ball in the fourth period, it was a replay of the last possession. The drive finished out with Luis Castillo scoring, the point after was denied, but the Punchers came out on top 12-30.
Next week the Punchers will take on Winters here in Mason.