Over the next two months the Puncher Dome will once again become the social mecca and main attraction in Mason as our MHS Punchers flip the switch on the brightlights of Friday night. This year due to an expanded district alignment the Punchers will only play four games at home. ( San Saba, Menard, Christoval and Rocksprings )
During the off season, the Puncher Dome received several injections of botox, leaving one of Mason's landmarks with a new look. The much anticipated state of the art stadium lights which were made possible by a collaborative effort of: The City of Mason, Mason ISD, MHS Puncher Club, LCRA, and CTEC, are fully operational. The new lights are so bright that the glare off the newly refurbished Victory Bell will require the Mason faithful to wear their shades during the games this year. The vistor bleachers have been completely repainted and twenty new MHS flags fly high atop the press box rail. I was asked why we fixed up the visitor side of the stadium and my response was simple, “ It may be the visitor bleachers, but it is still our house.”
The MHS Band Boosters, who last year changed their name to stage hands, will once again be running the concession stand. Band director Pat Ruiz, whose half time shows have become as entertaining as the games, is keeping this year's performance a closely guarded secret. I will give you a clue though - What do Tom Cruise and Peter Gunn have in common?
The Puncher Super Tunnel, which is a magnet to the elementary kids and absolute nirvana for the players, will once again be spewing its swamp fog as our Punchers rumble out of the tunnel during the pregame fan fair!
The MPC membership drive is well underway and, as always, Sam Horester and Coach Graham were the first two individuals to sign up and show their support. This year they were seen sprinting across the parking lot, with Coach Graham throwing a chop block along the way, but after a slight tussel Sam got there first. Let’s all follow suit by showing the same spirit and get behind our Puncher and Cowgirl athletic programs.
The eyes and ears of Mason, Gerry Gamel, who was a pretty decent lineman back in the day, will once again be roaming the sidelines with his camera and notebook in tow. Look for his complete post game coverage in the Mason County News. KNEL 95.3 will once again be handling the play by play, with the Puncher pregame show beginning at 7:00 p.m. and the kickoff to follow at 7:30 p.m. Their first broadcast will be Thursday night, August 28th as our Punchers travel to ASU to take on the Braves of Iraan.
A new season is once again upon us and the Mason faithful seem more pumped then ever. As always the games will be standing room only affairs so get to the stadium early, buckle your chin strap, and settle in for what should be another year full of gridiron glory!
NEXT WEEKS ARTICLE: Mason vs San Saba
GO PUNCHERS !! GO COWGIRLS !!