The 7th Grade hit the dusty trail this week as they headed to Big Lake Texas. The Punchers were coming off a win last week against Eldorado but ran into a pretty big brick wall when they went toe to toe with the Owls.This first quarter was scoreless for both teams but the Punchers made two good stops holding the Reagan County boys in check. Puncher standouts during this period were; Rilely Pape, Brayden Waite, Baylee Owen, Caleb Hyatt, and Slade Townsend. The Owls stepped up the pace in the second quarter when they scored but the Punchers held tough on the conversion. At the break the Owls lead 0-6.Offensively the Punchers had their ups and downs, but at times several goods runs were made by, Haddon Hudson, Evan Dayton, Grant Sanders, Baylee Owen, Brayden Waite, and Slade Townsend. Offensive linemen that had a good showing were, Zach Weeks, Anthony Morquercho, Elijah Timms, and Ethan Guerrero. Big Lake scored again in the 3rd period then later in the 4th period on a punt return putting the Punchers behind 0-18. Despite the loss these young guys are going through that period that everyone goes through when learning how to do something new and learning how to do it correctly. Winning is important but is way down the list when guys are at this level. Some may say they are not doing well or even that they are not improving, but nothing could be further from the truth. If I remember correctly this years seniors took some pretty good licks as 7th graders, but it looks like they have developed rather well. These young guys are dedicated, work hard, and make every effort to do what is asked of them. They are right on track with their development and good things on their horizon.Next week Mason plays Goldthwaite in Mason, 5:00.