The Mason Punchers opened their 2012 season with an exposive win over the Winters Blizzards Friday night. The Punchers ended the game with a 62-20 win and demonstrated that they had control of the ball on offense and defense, and that they are ready for the upcoming season.
It was a great night for both Rio Schmidt and Raul Silguero. Both young men had 18 carries each. Schmidt racked up 203 yards rushing and made four touchdowns. Silguero had 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
One of the most outstanding plays of the game occurred with only seconds remaining in the first half. The Punchers were leading 40-0 and were still 39 yards out of the end zone with only three seconds of play remaining. Rio Schmidt booted a 48-yard field goal that brought fans on both sides of the field to their feet and provided a perfect way to end the first half of play.
Young quarterback Elliott Bibb proved himself more than capable on Friday night. He kept the ball on four carries for a total of 56 yard, and scored once. He also kept the ball flying when needed and the Mason receivers were hitting their assignments and making the needed yards.
Miguel and Luis Castillo provided some humor from the KNEL radio broadcasts as Chase Smith and Kyle Eckert noted that the Mason offense was in the "twin formation."
The twins peformed well for the Punchers, as did Leret Hemphill, Cody Wood and the rest of the offensive team, including an outstanding performance from the "Fat Boys!"
On defense, the Punchers didn't allow the Blizzards to score until the second half, and only after Mason's younger players had taken the field. Winters never stopped working to stay in the game, and performed admirably in spite of what the score might indicate.
This week, Mason meets up with long-time rival Goldthwaite. The game will be played on the Eagle's home turf at 7:30 p.m.