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Junior High Football
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • Posted November 9, 2011

The 7th and 8th Grade football teams finished out the year with a couple of victories last Thursday against Winters. In the 7th Grade game the offensive line did a good job of protecting QB Grant Sanders as he connect twice with split-end Evan Dayton for two touchdowns. Linemen included, Jose Rojo, Michael Jefferson, Zach Weeks and Riley Pape. The first score occurred in the first period from the Blizzard’s 22 yard line. The score was set up on several good carries by Baylee Owen and Slade Townsend which began the drive from the Puncher’s 34 yard line. Sanders topped off the score with an option play for the conversion and the Punchers lead 0-8.Mason’s offense repeated itself late in the 2nd period when Dayton hauled in the second pass from Sanders then sprinted an additional 23 yards after the catch for the score. The PAT was unsuccessful but the Punchers went into the half-time leading 0-14.The 3rd and 4th periods was all defense for both teams. The Blizzards found it difficult going up against Mason’s defensive front. Good defensive play was noted by linebackers Baylee Owen, Brayden Waite, and Coleman Swafford. Linemen included Caleb Hyatt, Dawson Nieschwitz, Bricio Balderas and Michael Jefferson. Nice victory by a hard working group of athletes. The 7th Grade finished out the year with a 4-4-1 record.In the 8th Grade game, the Blizzards wasted no time of getting down to business when they began their opening drive from the Punchers 49 yard line. Winters scored from the 5 yard line but failed to convert on the point after. The Punchers finally settled down in the 2nd period and launched a nice 67 yard drive that ended with a Seth Hudson T.D. from the 6 yard line. Hudson then tacked on the PAT and the Punchers gained the lead 6-8 going into the half-time break.On the opening drive of the 3rd period, Garret Bibb broke free on the counter play and scrabbled 26 yards for the score. The PAT failed but Mason was in the lead 6-14.The Puncher defense stepped up at this point and the Blizzards found it very hard to move the ball. Good defensive play was made by; Jonathan Gonzalez, Luke Gillespie, Pedro Rivera, Andy Gilley, Spencer Bierschwale, James Durst, Seth Brewer, and Daniel Parker. On the second defensive stop, the Punchers took control of the ball and drove to the Blizzard 16 yard line. Hudson then connected with Samuel Dyer on the bootleg pass, followed by Hudson’s pass to Bibb for the conversion. Good victory for the Punchers by the score of 6-22. The win put the Punchers in the position of Co-Champions with Big Lake. Mason finished the year 7-1-1. The Junior High athletes and coaches would like to thank everyone that helped these young men during the season. Special thanks to all the dedicated traveling parents, cheerleaders , twirlers, and fans. “Thanks” also goes to the lunchroom ladies for preparing our meals, the local referee groups that help these young men learn the game and rules, the high school athletes that help with the chain markers and also for the newspaper coverage by Gerry Gamel and the Mason Press. The coaches would like to applaud these athletes for their hard work and dedication. These young men are courteous, respectful and are beginning to see the many lessons the game of football can teach. Better keep your eye on these guys, great things are on their horizon.

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