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Two Down, Two to Go In District Play
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 26, 2011

The Punchers welcomed the Reagan County Owls to town last Friday, and racked up their second district win.Mason took control of the game early, scoring just two plays after receiving the kickoff from Reagan County. David Mora carried in a 59-yard run, followed by a PAT by Rio Schmidt, and the score was 7-0 with 11:14 left in the quarter.Less than four minutes later, after taking the ball back from Reagan County on a punt, Mason's Austin Trip shot 95-yards downfield for the second score of the night. Schmidt provided the PAT, and the score was 14-0 with 7:29 left in the quarter.Just over a minute later, Chance Stockbridge would intercept a Reagan County pass and run 42-yards for Mason's third score of the night. Schmidt's kick would put the score at 21-0 with 6:21 left in the first quarter.Late in the first quarter, Mora carried the ball for 55 yards for his second score of the night, aided by Schmidt's PAT, and the score was 28-0. 2:19 still remained in the quarter.With only seconds remaining in the first quarter of play, Rio Schmidt carried the ball for a 53-yard score and then iced the score with his own PAT. The score as the quarter ended would be 35-0.Early in the second quarter, Andy Duarte took a pass from Trip and trotted in 13 yards for Mason's first score of the quarter. The scoreboard would show 42-0 with 11:08 remaining in the half.Only a few mintues of play later, Mora made his third score of the night on a 33-yard run. This time, Schmidt's kick missed its mark and the score was 48-0 with 7:39 left on the clock.Two minutes later, Mora would do it again, this time on a short 9-yard run. Schmidt provided the PAT, and the score was 55-0 with 5:08 still left before halftime.As the final seconds of the first quarter ticked away, and Mason neared the goal once more, Rio Schmidt booted in a 28-yard field goal to put the halftime score at 58-0.There would be only two more scores during the rest of the game - one for Mason in the third quarter and one for the Owls in the fourth. In the third, late in play, Raul Silguerro made an 89-yard run for Mason's final score, and the board showed 65-0 with 3:34 remaining in the third.In the fourth, Reagan County finally got on the board late in the game with a short run by Big Lake's Stark. The extra point attempt failed, and the final score would be 65-6.This week, Mason will meet up with old rival, Goldthwaite in our final regular season away game. The News asked Coach Kade Burns some questions about the upcoming game....

News: We've had an incredible season; but, we all know that the next two games are crucial. What are you telling the players in preparation for this week's game?

Burns: That these are the games that determine the district champions. There are certain things we must do this week in preparation in order to claim a win. We need to focus on those things so that our kids don't have to think about them on Friday night.

News: We've played Goldthwaite plenty of times; but, what should we expect from the Eagles this year?

Burns: The same as in the past. Double-tight wishbone offense, and a defense that has kids running to the football. They are well coached and do what they do very well.

News: Without giving anything away, what are the Punchers going to be doing on Friday to deal with Goldthwaite?

Burns: This is the best team that we have played thus far. We are going to have to stop their quarterback (#11, Tyler Horton) and we must win the battle up front on both sides of the ball,,,, so our pad level must be low. We will have to deal with some adversity; but, we have talked to our kids about that all year, and we have lots of experience to help with that as well.

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