The date of December 15th, 2011, was indeed a reality for this team and these coaches.
We did start the season with high expectations; but, we quickly learned that there are so many factors involved in winning 15 games in a row. We can be so proud of our team, our coaches, our schools, our community and our kids.
I think enough was said on the way up and back in Brady for the support that was showed in spite of the bad weather with wind-cooled temperatures and rain at 9:30 p.m., it was heartwarming to say the least.
At the game we saw people that we have not seen, in some cases, 30 years or more watching and yearning for a victory for our team and our town. I think it shows why we have all of the best worlds right here, right now, in Mason, Texas. We have a town that we can feel safe in. We do not have to worry about our children when they are away from us or while in school with teachers and faculty that sincerely do care about them becoming productive members of society after graduation. We have coaches that will instill the competitive spirit as well as discipline and confidence early in life that will carry them well into their careers and assist them later in life’s journeys.
Although we may never reach this pinnacle again, I would like to say it is closer than farther away. The Punchers whom were lucky enough to be a part of it have a new hunger and a new goal. It is to become a Champion and they have witnessed what it takes to make one. The hard work in offseason as well as the summer did pay off. The love for the game was evident in practice every day.
I added a couple of new definitions of words to my vocabulary along the course of the season. The first was the "wow factor." After the Ganado game, all I could say is wow but it was audible, just ask the ones that were unfortunate enough to ride home with me. Move forward to the state game mid-third quarter and the defense rises to the occasion and comes up with timely turnovers and the word "surreal" was added and I, for one, was left speechless. They say defense wins championships and I now know that is right.
Thank you coaches, for all the time and effort you put in to ensure that we were prepared to take the field of battle. Thank you, Punchers for showing us what it means to play as a team as well as what it takes to become Champions! The date was December 15th, 2011, and I called Mr. Graham around 9:30 a.m. I asked the question, "Isn’t this a great day to be a Puncher?" His reply was simple and solid, he said, "Everyday is a great day to be a Puncher; however, today is a little better than some."
Will the Punchers of 2012 follow the footsteps of the State Champions? Who will step up and fill the void of our graduating seniors? That question, along with some others, will be answered when we scrimmage Ozona August 18th, 2012. Go Punchers!