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Mason Shuts Out Ganado, Meets Shiner Friday
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted November 30, 2011

The matchup against Ganado in New Braunfels on Friday night lived up to all its hype, and provided spectators with one of the most exciting played all year.Mason took the ball on the opening kickoff, and after six minutes of inch-by-inch progress, David Mora would finally carry the ball in for Mason's score. Rio Schmidt provided the PAT, and the score was 7-0 with 6:11 remaining in the quarter. As it turned out, that would be the only score all night long. Ganado made repeated slow marches downfield, failing repeatedly to make the final breakout for a score. Mason also would take its turns with the ball; but, also would fail to score again.Both teams kept most of their plays tightly controlled around the line of scrimmage, aware that the opposing defenses were shutting down all attempts to break out and down the field. Ganado had control of the ball late in the fourth quarter and had pushed repeatedly downfield in their last desperate attempt to get on the scoreboard. With three minutes of play left, the ball went over to Mason on downs, and the Punchers allowed the clock to run out on yet another playoff victory.This week, the Punchers will head to Georgetown to play the Shiner Indians at the Georgetown High School Stadium (2275 N. Austin Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. The quickest route is to take Highway 29 all the way to Georgetown, cross over I-35 and head to Austin Avenue, take a left and stay on that street until the stadium.During last week's game against Ganado, several of the Mason players took a real beating during the tough matchup. Coach Kade Burns said that the kids came up to the gym on Saturday morning to do some lifting and a good deal of stretching to help with the soreness. "It was an extremely physical game for both sides," said Coach Burns, "and we knew it would be. We have a few with some soreness in some areas; but, this late in the season that is to be expected."Coach Burns said that Shiner runs the veer out of the split back and double slot, as well as midline and toss sweep. They are a veer option team; and, they like to put the ball on the perimeter with their speed that they have. They run and even and an odd man front; and, usually play man on defense.Coach Burns noted that Shiner has great quickness and speed at the skill positions and are very athletic. Burns also addressed the talk about the fact that Shiner has not had an undefeated season. "Don't let their record food you, they have played some quality teams in non-district to prepare them for games like we're going to have on Friday night."There will be a pep rally on Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the High School gymnasium. The weather forecast is showing a good chance for rain and for cooler weather on Friday evening, so fans are encouraged to dress accordingly.

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