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Mason Begins district Play, ends Non-district with Win Over Johnson City
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 12, 2011

The Punchers racked up yet another win last Friday, leaving them undefeated as they prepare to take on the Eldorado Eagles on Friday night.During the first quarter of play, Johnson City and Mason fought for control of the field for most of the period. It would not be until over seven minutes into the game that Mason would finally score. Johnson City punted the ball and David Mora ran it in 68 yards for Mason's first points of the night. Rio Schmidt kicked the PAT and the score was 7-0.Shortly before the end of the quarter, Mora scored again on a 45-yard run, followed by Schmidt's kick, and the score was 14-0.In the second quarter, Mason began a domination of the game that would last for the evening. Only 15 seconds into the quarter, Mora carried the ball 54 yards for Mason's third score of the night, topped with Schmidt's PAT and the score was 21-0. After a brief possession by Johnson City, Mason took over control and Mora carried in the ball on an 11-yard run, followed by the PAT, and the score was 28-0 with 7:33 remaining in the half.Two minutes later, Austin Trip rifled a 28-yard pass to Chance Stockbridge for yet another touchdown. With the PAT, the score was 35-0 with 5:17 remaining. Schmidt would carry the ball on the next Mason score, an 11-yard run. He provided his own PAT, and the score was 42-0 with 3:32 left in the half.Just before the half, Trip shot another pass to Stockbridge of 30-yards. Schmidt had his only miss of the evening with the kick, and the score going into half time was 48-0.When the Punchers returned from the Homecoming Half Time activities, Johnson City kicked off to Mason. Chance Stockbridge made the catch and ran the ball 99 yards for a score. Schmidt's kick put the total at 55-0 with 11:44 left in the quarter.Just over a minute later, Raul Silguero carried the ball 24 yards for another score. Schmidt added the PAT, and the score was 62-0.There would be only one other score for the remainder of the game, and that occurred in the fourth quarter when Emilio Palacio made the final carry on a Mason drive to put the score at 68-0. Schmidt kicked the PAT, and the score sat at 69-0 till the final whistle blew.This week, the Punchers will travel to Eldorado to begin district play against the Eagles. Coach Burns told the News that Eldorado is in the spread and throws the ball about 40% of the time. Their quarterback, Burns said, is very good and they will run the ball with him a good deal of the time.On defense, Eldorado runs a 3-3 stack, and they stunt linebackers on almost every snap.Burns noted that Mason will need to stop their quarterback and running back in the spread look. On offense, Mason will need to simplify our own blocking schemes, and pick up on the blitzes that the Eagles will be running.When asked how he's keeping the players focused, Coach Burns responded, "Anybody can lost to any team on any night. If you don't prepare the right way on Monday through Thursday, then you're going to get beaten by somebody you shouldn't. Our kids," he added, " have done a great job in preparation and in keeping their focus on the game each week."Game time will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Eldorado High School stadium.

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