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8th Grade Football
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 19, 2011

“Kaboom”, that was the sound that echoed across the Puncherdome last Thursday evening when the Junior High hit the field. The Punchers had done a lot of really good things so far this year. At times, good defense, good offense, good specialty teams. But on this evening it appeared that everything began to come together and the team that had been misfiring at times began to hit on all cylinders.In the first period the defensive unit including, James Durst, Sam Dyer, Jacob Moreno, Luke Gillespie, and Pedro Rivera did a great job of establishing the tenor of the game with several good defensive plays. When the offense took the field they wasted no time in moving the ball down the field. The Punchers started a drive from the Eagle 47 yard line, then QB Seth Hudson read the option and scored from the Eldorado 23 yard line. The conversion by Bibb was good and the Punchers were ahead 0-8. The Eagles struggled for yardage against Mason’s defense and again the Puncher offense line opened some nice running lanes for their backs. Linemen included were, Andy Gilley, Jonathan Gonzalez, Nick Martin and Seth Brewer. Garret Bibb then broke for a 46 yard T.D. and Hudson connected with Levi Hofmann on the throwback for the conversion, pushing the score up for the Punchers, 0-16.In the 2nd period of play, Bibb hauled in a screen pass from Hudson and followed linemen, Gonzales, Gillespie, and Martin for another touchdown from the Eagle 45 yard line. The PAT was good by Hudson and the Punchers lead 0-24. Less than two minutes later, Samuel Dyer broke for a 31 yard touch-down on the power play. Hudson tacked on the point after, and Mason lead 0-32.After the intermission, and after the Eagles had hoped to regroup, the Mason specialty team took over. After a deep kick-off to the Mason 29 yard line, Hudson reached his wall of blockers on the star-burst and took it all the way. The PAT failed but the Punchers lead 0-38. The Eagles however showed a lot of pride however and battled on their next possession to recover. Their offense set up a reverse play and scored from the Puncher 43 yard line. The PAT failed and the Punchers began the final period leading 6-38.The Punchers began to completely close the door on the Eagle offense during the 4th period. Eldorado was forced to punt midway through the period. The Punchers picked apart the defensive unit of the Eagles, then cashed in on the option, when Hudson score from the 12 yard line. He then connected with a nice pass and catch to Daniel Parker for the final score of the game. Great showing by the 8th Grade. Next week the Punchers will travel to Reagan County for a 6:15 kickoff.

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