The 7th Grade traveled to Baird this past Thursday, to take on the Cubs from Olney.It seems they grow them rather large north of the interstate but the Punchers didn’t let that bother them. They did exactly what you would hope they would do to bring home a much deserved win.From the first play from scrimmage, Haddon Hudson hit the quick dive and traveled 47 yards before being pulled down on the Cubs 16 yard line. Before the celebration ended, the Punchers had a pass picked off on the Cub 8 yard line and the Puncher defense had to go to work.Mason made several great defensive stands in the first and second period. Standouts included, Michael Jefferson, Brayden Waite, Baylee Owen and Evan Dayton. The Punchers forced Olney to give up the ball on the Puncher 18 yard line and 22 yard line basically slamming the door in the Cubs face just before the break. Late in the 2nd period, Grant Sanders connected with James Schwertner on a nice pass and catch from the Cub 15 yard line putting the Punchers on top 0-6. The touchdown was a great effort because of our offensive lineman, which included, Dawson Nieschwitz, Jose Rojo, Austin Habecker, Riley Pape, and Zach Weeks. The PAT failed but the Mason boys lead going into the 3rd period. The 3rd period was a back and forth effort by both teams, but neither was able to put any more points on the board. The forth period became the period you didn’t want to go to the concession stand or run from the weather. The Cubs took control of the ball from their own 39 yard line. They began a drive that gobbled up yardage and the clock until the Cub’s tailback was brought down on the 3 yard line of the punchers. With a first and goal the Puncher defense really stepped up and showed a lot of grit. The Cubs were finally facing a forth and goal, with 1:49 remaining but the Puncher defense held. Grant Sanders then keep the ball on three consecutive sneaks to run out the clock giving the Mason boys a well earned victory, 0-6.I was really proud of our guys in this game. Olney was a big team, and at times it took a lot of Punchers to bring down their running backs. Our tackles and linebackers did a great job on the inside, and our secondary and ends did a super job defending the outside running game. Next week the Punchers will travel to Johnson City for a 5:00 kick-off.