The Mason JV Punchers traveled to one of the toughest places to play a road game last Thursday to take on the Goldthwaite Eagles. This would turn out to be a thriller ‘til the very end.
Mason jumped ahead early after Taylor Meader recovered a fumble on Goldthwaite’s first possession. The Punchers turned that mistake into a score. Raul Silguera pounded it in from 1 yard out for the games first points. The Punchers then pulled off the trickeration again to get the 2-point conversion which would end up being huge in this game.
In the 2nd quarter, The Eagles were able to put together a drive and knot the score up at 8. Just before halftime, the Punchers put together a crucial drive and pushed another score across to make it 14-8 Mason at the half.
The defensive struggled continued in the second half. Mason’s defense was led by outstanding play by the linebacker duo of Leret Hemphill and Taylor Meader along with strong play by the defensive line yet again. The second half proved to be a struggle for both teams to put points on the board but was controlled by the Puncher’s offense and highlighted by a 4th down stand late in the game inside the 10 yard line.
Mason’s offensive line had a big night and allowed running backs Raul Silguera and Emilio Palacio to run all night but costly penalties hurt the Punchers in crucial times. Goldthwaite found themselves with the ball in the final minutes of the game and drove down to punch one in with 24 seconds left on the clock, evening the score at 14. The Eagles chose to go for a 2-point conversion to win the game. With the game on the line, the defense stepped up and stopped the Eagle running back short of the goal line.
The JV Punchers had to scramble to find another game for this week. They will travel to Stephenville Thursday. Game time is set for 5:30.