The 8th grade took on a tough Goldthwaite team this past Thursday in Mason. The Eagles scored three times in the first quarter and held the Punchers on defense time and time again. Mason faced so many 3rd and long situations it was hard to count. ”We simply were not doing what has to be done to move the ball.”
After the first quarter scoring frenzy, the Puncher began to regroup and play some pretty good defense. Linebackers Zane Simon and Zane Graves began to pound away at the Eagle running backs while Austin Eckert and Kolby Yonker did a good job on the defensive line holding Goldthwaite in check. Secondary personnel, Rio Schmidt and Tanner Dutton made several good defensive plays against the pass. The Eagles scored again just before half-time putting the Punchers in a deep hold 0-28.
The Punchers gradually regained their composure on offense and stepped up a great deal on defense during the 3rd period. Goldthwaite found it harder and harder to move the ball and the Punchers came back to earth and started a nice 53 yard drive of their own.
Cunningham connected with full-back Zane Graves and the play ended with a 41 yard T.D. by Graves. Rio Schmidt took the ball off-tackle for the PAT making the score 8-28.
The Punchers had two more opportunities to score late in the 4th period but a couple of dropped passes hurt the drives.
“This game of football is a day-by-day learning experience. Hopefully we are learning that we have to do all the little things in order for the big things to occur. I was proud the way our guys continued to stay in the game.”
Next week the 8th grade will travel to Menard for a 5:00 game, while the 7th grade will take on the boys from Harper in Mason at 5:00.