Lets not kid ourselves. As we made our way to Winters last week we were all wondering if the Punchers could regroup from a difficult loss to Goldthwaite and defeat an opponent who was a 10 point favorite and guaranteeing a win. The answer is a resounding YES, as our Punchers looked adversity straight in the eye, picked themselves up off the canvass, dusted themselves off and then treated the Mason Faithful to what I believe was the most exciting game of the season by defeating Winters 13-7.
It was a whale of a ballgame with the momentum shifting back and forth all night. The victory spoke volumes about the character of our boys and the resilience of our program. For David Mora it was just another day at the office as he he rushed for over 300 yards and one touchdown. Rio Schmidt knocked out two field goals and our defense showed why they are considered one of the best in the state as they stopped Winters on four different occasions inside the red zone and held the Bizzards to only seven points. ( See box score).
My player of the week is offensive linemen, Brodey Taylor. He graded out at over 90% and came away with three pancake blocks as he once again led the charge up front. Each week I marvel at what he accomplishes and find him to be an inspiration to all of us every time he steps on the field. Well done Brodey!
The victory over Winters pushed the Punchers record to 9-1 on the season. They finished as the second seed in District 13, have crept back into the top 10 and are on their way to the playoffs for the third year in a row. For Seniors, Junior Alvarez, Garrett Rice, Chase Crouch, and Garrett Allen this will be their third trip to post season play. When I asked them how they felt about it they all had the same response, "It's a privilege". A privilege indeed! It has been 14 years since we have seen MHS Football head to the playoffs three years in a row. The last series of teams to do it were the classes of 1993-1996
Mason will head to the south in Region 4 and will draw Brackettville in the first round of the playoffs. The game will be played in Bandera on Friday, November 12th @ 7:30 PM. The Punchers will be the away team and will wear their India white uniforms. If the Punchers defeat Brackettville they will then move on to round two and face Ben Bolt, the District 16 Champion who received a bye in the first round. A win over Ben Bolt would then set up a round three game against Shiner or Johnson City. Round four would feature Goldthwaite or Ganado.
Brackettville is located 30 miles north of Del Rio. They bring in a record of 5-5, are the third seed out of District 14, are coached by Greg Voyles and here is what we know about them.
The Tigers of Bracketville are a bit of an anomaly. They are loaded with talent, however, they have failed to show consistency. They have lost to teams they should have beat and defeated the teams they should have lost to. Their offense is ground based behind a fairly good size offensive line with running backs Victor Robol (5’9" 185lbs) and Brandon Allen (5’9" 180lbs) sharing the work load. The key to this game could very well come down to fatigue. We are deep at the linemen position and they are not.
Its playoff time in Texas and the thinning of the herd is about to begin. We are expecting a cold night Friday so dress warm, be loud, and lets drop the hammer on Brackettville!