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8th Grade Football
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 26, 2011

Junior High games that end in a tie aren’t finalized with a tie-breaker the way they do in high school. For the most part I like it that way. The clock is running down, you are either trying to score or hold your opponent, knowing time is about to run out. Some say a tie is like kissing your girl through a screen door. It isn’t that good, but again, it isn’t that bad. I guess it depends if your holding on for the victory or holding out for the clock to run down. The Punchers grabbed both of those scenarios last Thursday. They jumped on the bus and traveled west until just before you get to the Pacific Ocean, then you are in Big Lake. The game ended in a 14-14 tie, and it was well deserved.There was no score in the first quarter, but the Owls blew the doors open early in the 2nd period, on a 62 yard punt return that ended in a score and conversion. It’s important to answer back on a play like that and the Punchers did just that. Offensive linemen, Jonathan Gonzalez, Luke Gillespie, James Durst, and Nick Martin opened running lanes for Hudson, Bibb, Dyer and Moreno as they put together a nice 73 yard drive that ended when Hudson hooked up with split end Levi Hofmann on the throw-back for a 15 yard T.D. The point attempt after was denied but the Mason boys were in the hunt 8-6.After the intermission, the Owls drove the ball to the Mason 23 yard line, then three plays later punched it in from the four yard line. The next play would end up being one of the most important plays of the game. The Owls tried to power over on the conversion, but good defensive play held them. Standouts included Seth Hudson, Jacob Moreno, James Durst, and Andy Gilley.As the fourth period began to tick by the Punchers went into hurry up mode as they trailed 14-6. Hudson put together a good drive using Bibb, Dyer, and tie end Andy Gilley. With just over three minutes to play Garret Bibb scored on the dive from the six yard line, putting the all important conversion on the line. Offensive linemen did what they had to do by buying Hudson time on the bootleg pass. His pass was right on the money to Levi Hofmann and the Punchers knotted the game 14-14.As cheers went up because of the score, the Puncher defense knew what had to be done and that did it well. Reagan County put together a nice drive along with a couple of penalties against Mason put the ball dangerously close to the goal. Defensive personnel went to work and did a great job, which included a great play by corner Daniel Parker. Bierschwale, Rivera, Calderon, Moreno, Bibb, Harris, and Seth Brewer made tackle after tackle forcing the Owls to give up the ball. Mason had the ball deep in their own territory and faced a 4th and eight situation with a little more than a minute to play. You hate to give up the ball but you have yourself up against a wall. The Punchers executed perfect quick-kick which put the ball deep in the Owl’s on end of the field. Puncher defense held again, and the game ended 14-14. Great comeback, and great defense. Next week Goldthwaite comes to Mason.

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