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Mason Ends District Undefeated
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • Posted November 9, 2011

Mason ended its regular season on Friday night with a 10-0 perfect record. A victory over the Winters' Blizzards gave the Punchers the district title, and a bye in the first round of playoffs this week.The Blizzards, second place district winners, showed the Punchers some great skill on Friday night. After the Punchers fumbled the ball on their second carry of the game, Winters controlled the ball for almost all of the first quarter. Neither team was able to position themselves decisively, and the first quarter of play would pass with no score.It would take the Punchers half of the second quarter before they could finally work their way through the tough Winters defense to score. It would be David Mora on the final five-yard run for Mason, followed by the PAT of Rio Schmidt, to put the score at 7-0 with 5:44 left in the half.Shortly before the end of the first half, Austin Trip would rifle in a 32-yard pass to Chance Stockbridge who made a leaping catch for Mason's second score. Schmidt again provided the extra point, and the score was 14-0 with 1:49 of play remaining, which would remain scoreless going into the half time.The third quarter showed that the Punchers and Winters were an evenly matched pairing, as they again fought for control of the field. Much like the first quarter, Winters would retain control of the ball for much of the period; but, would be unable to score. The entire period passed with neither team ever moving the ball across the goal.The fourth quarter began with David Mora scoring on a short 8-yard run, followed by Schmidt's PAT, to put the score at 21-0 with 11:48 left in the game.Mason would regain control of the ball shortly after kicking off to Winters and Mora again carried the ball, this time on a 28-yard run. Rio Schmidt iced the cake with his PAT, and the score was 28-0 with 10:32 remaining in the game.For the remainder of the game, Mason would hold the Blizzards away from the goal, only finally allowing Winters to score with less than a minute of play remaining. It would be Winters' Sandaval who made the carry on a 21-yard pass from Riply; but, they were unable to get the PAT, and the game would end with the score at 28-6.The playoff bracket for the first round is on page 18, which shows Mason's bye in the first round (right side of the bracket, at the bottom).

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