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8th Grade Football
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011

This past Thursday evening the Goldthwaite Eagles came to call but failed to get their helmets buckled securely before the coin flip occurred and the Punchers set the wall on their kick-off return. Seth Hudson got the call and Puncher linemen, Andy Gilley, Jacob Moreno, Luke Gillespie, James Durst and Seth Brewer sliced open a running lane that ended up with a 74 yard touchdown. The point after attempt failed but the Eagles were in trouble from the beginning.Goldthwaite regained themselves and did a good job of putting their own drive together that resulted in a T.D. from the Puncher 13 yard line. The PAT was good and the Punchers found themselves behind 8-6.In the 2nd period, Puncher linemen, Nick Martin, Jonathan Gonzalez, Luke Gillespie, and Tyler Mayfield did a good job of opening running lanes for Bibb, Gilley, and Samuel Dyer. The 66 yard drive ended when Hudson scored on a bootleg run from the 6 yard line. The conversion by Bibb was good and the Punchers regained the lead, going into the half-time break, 8-14. When the Eagles received the opening kick-off of the 3rd period, their ball carrier became entangled in a group of Punchers, and Hudson then stripped the ball from him and the Mason boys again had the ball on the Goldthwaite 45 yard line. Gilley, Bibb, and Dyer drove their way down the field, then Hudson capped off the drive with another bootleg run from the 7 yard line for the score. Hudson then connected with split-end Daniel Parker on the throwback for the PAT and the Punchers lead 8-22.The Eagles struggled again against the Puncher defense. Moreno, Calderon, Rivera, Harris, Bierschwale, Hofmann, and Durst made play after play forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs. Mason quickly took advantage of the possession and drove to the Eagle 12 yard line. Hudson then hit Daniel Parker again on a good pass and catch for the score. The PAT failed but the Punchers lead 8-30 going into the 4th period. Goldthwaite took the next kick-off and launched a good drive from their own 23 yard line. The drive ate up most of the fourth period, but the Eagles were unable to capitalize on the drive. Nice victory for the Punchers.Our guys did an exceptional job in this game because they went into the contest with a positive mind-set. They put a lot of points on the board and forced Goldthwaite to struggle offensively. Off and on all week our guys were sick and several played hurt. You can see them developing, not only physically, but mentally in the game of football. Next week the Punchers will conclude their season when they travel to Winters to take on the Blizzards. Winters does not have a 7th grade team so the Punchers will combine their two teams for the 5:00 contest.

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