The Mason Punchers made it through the opening week of the football playoffs with a "bye," allowing them time to rest and recuperate before this week's matchup against the La Villa Cardinals from Edcouch in the Rio Grande Valley. The game will be Friday evening at Harlandale Memorial Stadium, which is located at 4002 Roosevelt Avenue in San Antonio. Fans can help send the Punchers off in style with the pep rally on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the High School gymnasium.Head Coach Kade Burns told the News that the Punchers worked on a variety of defenses and offenses that they might see during the open week. "When you don't know who you are going to play, you try to work on a little of what both teams do, and that is what we tried to do," he said. "We worked on some different route combinations versus different coverages. We also allowed some of our kids that had minor injuries to heal up a bit, which will help us this week."Coach Burns noted that the entire junior varsity squad has now been moved up to the varsity for the playoffs. "They have done a great job in the first week, and they have been going up against the varsity all this week, making them even better," Burns said.Burns said that La Villa has very good speed, and are very quick on both sides of the line. Their quarterback is six feet, four inches, and has a great arm. They are dangerous at the skill positions, he noted, and that is their greatest strength.Defensively, they play with many players in the box. "They are a well coached football team, and we will need to be ready to play," Coach Burns said.