We have been playing football in Mason since 1923 and have only been able to utter these words five times before, " WE ARE GOING TO THE QUARTERFINALS". Our 2010 Punchers (12-1) are now the sixth team in the history of MHS football to advance to the"Elite Eight". A victory in the Quarterfinals would send our Punchers to the State Semi-Finals, a feat that has only been accomplished by two other teams in 1954 and 1958.
We all had an inkling at the beginning of the season that this team may have the goods, however, lets be honest, none of us thought they would be playing football in December. They have captured our hearts, galvanized our community, and have made going to MHS football games a border line spiritual event. This season is no longer about wins and loses it has become a story about an epic journey and the pursuit of a State Championship. Our 2010 Punchers are just the right mix of Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores who are taking us on a wild ride and through it all have not lost focus of the fact that this season is all about their brother, #44 Jacob Bibb.
Our Punchers advanced to the Quaterfinals by defeating Shiner 28-21 in another nail bitter. David Mora who has become the face of the program racked up three touchdowns on 44 carries and tightend, Woody Watson, proved for the second week in a row that big men can have soft hands as he hauled in a 16 yard touchdown pass. Quarterback, Dillon Estes set up two of Moras touchdowns by hooking up with Garrett Rice on a 46 yard bomb and then a sweet 22 yard hitch and pitch to Chance Stockbridge.
Our wrecking crew defense lived up to their reputation and seem to be getting stronger with each week. Three key defensive stops in Shiners backfield came in the form of Chase Crouch, Garrett Allen and Junior Alvarez, however, it was defensive linemen, Korey Zavala, who made it his own personal mission to wreak havoc on Shiners quarterback and backfield in the 4th quarter.
This week our Punchers are headed to the Quaterfinals and a rematch with long time nemesis Goldhtwaite. The game will be played in Marble Falls on Friday, December 3rd @ 7:30 p.m.
When you get to this point in the season there is always a story behind the story and this is what we are hearing out of Goldthwiate. Their quarterback (Tyler Horton) suffered a severe ankle injury in their game last week against Ganado and it has become a closely guarded secret if he will or will not play Friday night. As of this writing, the word was that it is so bad that it will be a game time decision. None the less, this is Goldthwaite, the reigning State Champions and the odds on favorite to win State again this year. Now before you go doom and gloom on me let me tell you why our Punchers are going to win this game: 1) Did you know that when a team loses to an opponent and then faces them in a rematch during the same season, the team that lost has an 82% chance of winning; 2) This is not the same Mason team you saw five weeks ago. An improved offensive line and the advent of our passing game will give Goldthwaite a run for its money; 3) The Mason Faithful. They are hands down the best fan base in the State and can directly effect the out come of a game.
It’s the rematch game, folks, and you would be hard pressed to find more drama on any other stage. Who ever wins this game will face the winner of the Region Three Quaterfinal game between Big Sandy vs Garrison. Our Punchers are two games away from the State Championship game and we will need everybody at Fridays game, so let’s pack Marble Falls Stadium and bring home the Region Four Championship trophy!
GO PUNCHERS !!!!!