Well, after an exciting finish in over-time for the semifinal game against Brownwood the Punchers had one last game to prove they were champions.
The Punchers traveled to Early High School Stadium to take on the undefeated Bangs Dragons. Punchers faced Bangs earlier in the season at The Puncher Dome but were defeated by a pretty well rounded team. Since that loss our kids never lost another game, which brought us right back to where we wanted to be in the Super Bowl.
The wind was relentless as it blew at gusts up to 35 mph or more. Bangs won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball and the Punchers would have the wind behind their backs. Bangs started the drive but our defense came to play and shut them down with a turnover on downs.
Punchers would get the ball back and our drive would also stall out. This would be the story the whole first half as both teams made some great plays but it was a defensive battle. Score 0-0 half. At halftime we told the kids that we were in a fight and it was up to them to control the game.
Second half would prove to be the same as the first half with both offenses unable to score. The Dragons were accustomed to making big yardage and scoring often but not up in here! The Punchers D stood tall and weren’t going to allow that to happen. End of regulation and the score was remained 0-0. Our Head Coach James Kelly Schmidt would go out for the coin toss to determine over-time. Punchers elected to play defense first and our kids were determined to shut the Dragons down.
Play started on the 10 yard line. After a few plays Bangs called a time out and the kids hurried over to listen to Coach JK tell them the defense they were going to run for the next play. As they were about to break from the huddle and head to line up on the ball I reminded them to take a look over on the sidelines at Milam Mayfield their brother who broke his femur early in the season and has not been able to play. He was there rooting for his team. I heard one kid say let’s make this stop for Milam let’s do it right now! After the Puncher D held their ground the Bangs Dragons attempted a field goal from the 8 yard line. The field goal was good and the score was now 3-0 Bangs with the Punchers yet to attempt their tries from the 10 yard line. All I could hear from our kids was “now we have to score a TD to win.” It was said over and over again so they were mentally preparing themselves for what they needed to win on their own.
First play was an unsuccessful pass into the end zone. Second down as Coach Reese Kerr called the play and our kids broke from the huddle they hurried up to the line of scrimmage knowing what it took to get into the end zone. QB took the snap, the lineman fired off the ball and it was a pitch back to our running back coming near side with one man to beat. A tremendous block by our lead running back as the Bangs Dragon defender was attempting to tackle the running back sprung him into the end zone for the score. PUNCHERS WIN PUNCHERS WIN!!!
That’s how the game would end 3-6 Punchers in another very dramatic game. What was great about this is our kids showed great Puncher Pride by winning with sportsmanship. Yea we celebrated some but our kids lined right up on the 50 yard line ready to tell Bangs what a great game that they had played. That’s what we do as Punchers! What a great way to end the season bringing home the Weakley Watson’s TYFL Super Bowl Trophy back to Mason Texas.
I believe that I speak for the whole coaching staff when I say that we are so proud of our kids for their hard work and dedication over the last 3 months. We practiced them hard and they did exactly what we asked of them. On a personal note I would like to just say that is was a great pleasure to work with all of the coaches. They really know football/sportsmanship and it showed. Thanks to all the parents for supporting us during the season.