The final game of the season for the 8th Grade was a battle to the very end. Winters brought a well coached team to the Puncherdome and got to work early in making this a fun game to watch.
In the first quarter, Mason set up a drive that totaled 68 yards and ended in a 10 yard touch down by Eduardo Villarreal. The Blizzards stopped the PAT but the Punchers lead 0-6.
Winters then put together a drive of their own that covered 83 yards and a two yard QB sneak for the score, followed by the point after, putting Winters up 7-6. Both teams held the other in check during the 2nd quarter. Mason defensive front did a good job during this period. Players included, Alvarez, Haley, Kunc, J’Angelo, Owen, Miguel and Luis Castillo.
The Punchers came back after the break and came very close on two separate drives of going ahead, but found the Blizzard defense was hard to penetrate. Offensive linemen did a good job during this period, namely, Kuhlmann, Del Toro, Graves, Martinez, Wartenbach, Zavala, and Miller. The Punchers drove the ball to the five yard line late in the period, then Luis Castillo followed Owen over the tackle for the score. Again the point after was no good but the Punchers pushed ahead by the narrow margin of 7-12.
The 4th quarter was a boxing match between each team’s offense and defense. Everyone could sense the game was on the line with each snap of the ball. It seemed that everyone was waiting for a big play to occur, either as a score, or a mistake that the other team could capitalize on. The Punchers launched a drive that covered 48 yards with several good runs from Luis and Miguel Castillo, Eduardo Villarreal, and Rylee Owen. On a 4th and 6, Go Chanriang kicked a nice 34 yard field goal which put the Puncher ahead 7-15. After one more defensive series by the Punchers the game was over and so was their season.
The Punchers finished out the undefeated season 9-0, and are district champions. The Punchers would like to thank everyone that supported them including the cheerleaders, twirlers, student body and teachers, and the faithful parents that traveled all over the state. Thanks also to the varsity coaches that helped and for the high school athletes that helped with chain crews, clock and announcements, as well as the men that helped referee each of our local games. The Punchers would also like to thank the Mason press for their coverage. Both the 7th and 8th Grade teams were a pleasure to work with. They work hard, do what is asked of them, are respectful and display the proper sportsmanship that athletics deserves. They have a love of the game and a bond among each other that will lead to a successful future. You better keep your eye on these guys.