The 7th and 8th grades played host to the visiting teams from Comfort last Thursday evening. Both games were the season opener for the Junior High.In the 7th Grade game, Comfort started the contest, which was conducted as a scrimmage, by moving down the field with their spread offense. Mason allowed three first downs before slamming on the brakes and forcing Comfort to go three and out. Several good defensive plays were made by Michael Jefferson, Baylee Owen, Grant Sanders , and Elijah Timms during this series.The Punchers struggled on their first two offensive efforts but finally settled down and made several good drives as the scrimmage progressed. Several Punchers did well during this segment including, Zack Weeks, Slade Townsend, Jackson Chapman, Haddon Hudson, Dawson Nieschwitz, and Riley Pape. The scrimmage ended with neither team able to score, but a lot of hard work went into the effort .In the 8th Grade game, the Punchers won the toss and elected to play defense first. Comfort put together two first downs before the Punchers forced them to punt. Mason’s Jacob Moreno, Seth Brewer, Levi Hofmann, and Daniel Parker made several good defensive stops in the first two quarters of the game. When the Punchers took control of the ball they finally put two first down drives together but were stopped inside the Comfort 38 yard line before the break.Both teams played well on defense in the third period, especially when Comfort drove the ball 45 yards to the Puncher 23 yard line. Mason played well preventing Comfort from finishing the drive. Defensive standouts were, Seth Hudson, Samuel Dyer, Garret Bibb, Andy Gilley, Luke Gillespie and Jonathan Gonzalez. The Punchers then launched a drive that would decide the outcome of the game. With a combination of good blocking and running, the Punchers pushed the ball to the Comfort 32 yard line. Offensive linemen played a key part in this drive including, Moreno, Gillespie, Martin, Harris, and Anders. Seth Hudson, Bibb, and Gilley fought for yardage and as they set up the winning run. Moreno made a nice trap block for Gilley up the middle for the score. The PAT failed but the Punchers lead 0-6. Comfort made one last effort to score late in the 4th period but again the defense rose to the occasion .The coaches were impressed with both teams effort and are encouraged in the weeks to come. Next week the Punchers will host our neighbors to the south, Fredericksburg.