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Mason Heads into Semifinals With Defeat of Shiner
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 • Posted December 7, 2011

Last Friday, Georgetown had rain almost all day long. Everyone knew that such weather conditions can quickly level the playing field between two teams; and, they also knew that any team that could overcome the weather might have a distinct advantage.As it turned out, Shiner seemed unable to hold on to the ball Friday night, while Mason not only held on to the ball, they capitalized on every fumble that Shiner made. Throughout the night, Shiner would lose control of the ball repeatedly, and each time, Mason would cover the fumble and go on to score yet again.Mason made the first score of the night on a 15 yard run by quarterback Austin Trip. Rio Schmidt added the PAT, and the score was 7-0 with 7:09 left in the quarter.Only minutes later, David Mora made his first score of the evening on a short three-yard run, followed again by Schmidt's PAT. The score was 14-0 with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.In the second quarter, Mason would pull even further away from the Comanches. First was a short run by Mora once more and the PAT by Schmidt to put the score at 21-0 with 11:11 left in the half. Shortly afterwards, following a Shiner fumble and a Mason recovery, Mora would score once again, Schmidt would kick again, and the score was 28-0 with 8:10 left in the half.Shiner was finally able to move the ball midway through the quarter and Jones scored with a PAT by Blaschke to put the total at 28-7 with 5:01 left in the half.As the clock ticked down on the half, Mason drove deep into Shiner territory and Rio Schmidt kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the score at 31-7. Mason kicked the ball to Shiner, who lost possession of the ball to Mason, and Schmidt kicked a 32-yard field goal in the final second of the first half to put the score at 34-7.Shiner would fare no better in the second half, even though Mason pulled back many of its starters to give them a breather.Late in the third quarter, David Mora made his last score of the game on a short run, followed by Schmidt's PAT, putting the score at 41-7 with 4:32 left in the quarter.With only seconds left in the quarter, Austin Trip would carry in the ball on a short run, again followed by Schmidt's PAT, and the score to end the third quarter was 48-7.In the fourth quarter, only Mason would score, and that would be a short run by Elliot Bibb with 8:16 left in the game. Schmidt made it a perfect evening with his kick, and the score would remain 55-7 until the final whistle blew.This week, Mason goes up against the Garrison Bulldogs at Floyd Casey Stadium, home of the Baylor Bears in Waco. The game is Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.Coach Kade Burns noted that Garrison has some big players up front, and great speed at their skill positions. "They like to run the ball quite a bit out of many different formations," Burns said, "and they try to bump formations as well."Burns said that the Punchers will need to bring some physical play to Garrison on both sides of the ball."They are a really good team," Burns said, "and we will be playing in a very nice stadium in cold weather. It should be another great evening for a high school football game."The Floyd Casey Stadium is located just north of S. Valley Mills Drive in Waco on Williams Landing Road. Travel time to Waco is about three hours, no matter which route is used, and there will be a pep rally at noon in the high school gym. Mason I.S.D. will have an early release at 1:30 to allow families to make the trip to Waco for the game.

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