It was a party like atmosphere last Friday as the Mason Faithful packed Bandera Stadium for the opening round of the State Playoffs and watched our Punchers dismantle Bracketville 48-13. The victory secured the Punchers third straight Bi-District Championship and pushed the Punchers' record to 10-1 on the season.
(See box score).
The Punchers dialed up two touchdowns through the air, as Dillon Estes hooked up with Garrett Rice and Chance Stockbridge, five touchdowns on the ground, as David Mora rushed for 299 yards and one touchdown via a blocked punt that Albinio Cedillo returned for a score. In the 4th quarter, Coach Joy gave everybody a glimpse of the future and rolled out the back ups and JV players. They looked exceptional! Coach Joy made it a point to make sure all 77 players got a taste of post season play. As I sat there and watched the JV players I could not help but get excited about the Punchers future. In my opinion the next great Mason team will be our current freshmen and eighth grade class. When that group starts to sprout some whiskers and become Juniors and Seniors they are going to be one heck of a team.
This week our Punchers will head to round two of the Playoffs and will play for the Area Championship. Their opponent will be the Badgers of Ben Bolt, the District 16 Champions, who bring in a record of 10-0 and received a bye in the first round of the Playoffs. The game will be played at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, which is a 5-star stadium, in San Antonio on Friday, November 19th @ 7:30 PM. If the Punchers defeat Ben Bolt they would then play the winner of the Shiner vs Johnson City game. Rumor has it that the round three or four game might very well be played in the Alamodome or Texas State.
Ben Bolt, which is located just outside Corpus Christi, will be the first team that our Punchers will face who run a Wildcat offense. Make no mistake about it, they have the talent to do it and are very good at it! The Badgers average 41 points a game and are built around quarterback, Arron Bueno ( 6’3 210lbs 4.5 ), who is a true D1 prospect. Last year he accounted for 41 touchdowns and is on track to eclipse that mark this year. He averages about 55 carries a game, which is about twelve more carries per game more then David Mora and he can flat out throw on the run. His favorite receiver is Andrea Alanaz (6’1" 180lbs) who won State in the high jump last year. You can get a glimpse of them on youtube. Just bang out: Ben Bolt vs La Villa on 10-15-10. Protecting Bueno is an offensive line that understands the subtle nuances of the Wildcat and protects Bueno at all costs.The keeper of the gates is offensive lineman, Trey Munoz ( 5"10 250lbs). Where he goes Bueno is soon to follow. After watching their film I quickly came to the conclusion that Ben Bolt is the mirror image of Comfort. The Badgers are not quite as big, but their quarterback and receivers are more athletic and play with swagger.
Historically round two games in the playoffs are always more difficult then round three games, and I see that as the case in Fridays contest. If we can get by Ben Bolt I like our chances in the regionals. I have no doubt we will put our share of points on the board, however the question becomes can we put more on the board then Mr. Bueno? This is going to be a dog fight and I expect a high scoring game. So lets get our game faces on and help the Punchers bring home the Area Championship,
GO PUNCHERS !!!!!