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Mason Continues Non-District Winning Streak
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011

The Mason Punchers continued their unbroken winning streak for the season on Friday, defeating Olney 56-6.The Punchers took control of the game early, scoring just 30 seconds of play into the game on a David Mora 13-yard run. Rio Schmidt's kick was good, and the score was 7-0. Just a few minutes later, Rio Schmidt would make his own scoring run on a 12-yard carry, topped off by his own PAT kick to put the score at 14-0.One minute later, quarterback Austin Trip made a 26-yard dash downfield before lateraling the ball to David Mora who ran the ball the final 20 yards for the score. Schmidt again provided the PAT, and the score was 21-0 with 7:48 remaining in the first quarter.The rest of the first quarter passed with no scoring by either team.Only seconds into the second quarter, Mora sprinted 48 yards down the field for his third touchdown of the evening. Schmidt provided the PAT, and the score was 28-0.Two minutes later, Mora would score again on a 7-yard run, with the Schmidt PAT, putting the score at 35-0.Rio Schmidt would make his second touchdown of the evening with 6:43 remaining in the game, followed up by his own PAT, and the score was 42-0.Mora would make his fifth, and final, touchdown of the night on a short five yard run. Schmidt kicked the PAT, and the score was 49-0, where it would remain until halftime.After the half, Mason tried different strategies and plays, and allowed numerous younger players the opportunity to try their hands at different positions. Coach Kade Burns used the remainder of the game as an opportunity to allow those players to gain some valuable experience.Rio Schmidt would make the only scores of the third quarter when he scored on a 12-yard run and followed it up with his PAT, putting the score at 56-0.In the final quarter of play, Mason would put no more points on the scoreboard; but, Olney would finally score on a 15-yard run. They were unable to make good on the PAT, and the score would remain 56-6 until the final horn blew.This week, the Punchers will take on Johnson City at home, and will be celebrating Homecoming.Coach Kade Burns notes that the Johnson City team will be running the ball out of a 3-back set; or, they will be throwing the ball from the spread. The Punchers plan to use some different personnel groupings this week to handle that challenge.Coach Burns has had the opportunity to give a lot of his younger players playing time, while giving him the opportunity to examine their skills more closely. "We have been pleased with the kids that are new to the varsity and they are adjusting well," Burns said. "Raul Silguero and Marcus Martinez moved up from the JV last game, and Hector Medina played his best game of the year this past week. They are all adjusting well to the increased speed of the game at the varsity level."Coach Burns is excited to be meeting up with Johnson City for Mason's Homecoming game. He stated that, "I expect our kids to come out and play Puncher football this Friday. Aggressive, hard hitting execution is the thing that we constantly talk to our kids about, and this week will be no different." Burn continued, "We just need to keep doing the little things right and keep improving so that we are playing our best football when it counts the most."

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