We begin the 2012 season with quite a few questions about the Punchers. The one certainty is that you could win quite a bit of money on a Trivia question. The question would go something like this. Who was the leading rusher in the nation last year in High School Football in all classifications in 2011? The answer to the question would be David Mora for the Mason Punchers. His stats last year were a mind boggling 498 carries for 3572 yards. So with the whole offensive line returning in its entirety, we have pretty high hopes for the Punchers and their ability to be even better this year. Some questions remain but it seems like the football team is off to a great start. The wing T will feature more involvement with the QB, FB and RB giving us more options and giving defenses quite a few more things to worry about. It will be a smash mouth style of offense mixed in with some misdirection and pass. You will see some new faces on the starting lineup. First, you will see Rio Schmidt at fullback. a new position for him. Rio was a great kicker for us last year and has been asked to assume the job of vacating fullback Zane Graves who has been asked to go to the defensive line for the Punchers. We will also have a new look at quarterback with senior, Austin Trip. Austin did an excellent job in the secondary for us last year and is ready to take the helm. We lost quite a bit on defense last year. Who will step up and fill the void by the outstanding leaders such as Garrett Allen, Garret Rice and Ethan Hudson? That question will begin to be answered Thursday night at the Puncher Dome with a scrimmage against a really strong Blanco 2A team. Make it a point to come out and support your Mason Punchers this Thursday night with a fine meal of BBQ “cooked by Wayne Carl Hoffman” and all the fixins. The Punchers come into the season ranked # 4 in the polls which is one of the highest pre-season rankings we have ever had in the history of MISD football.