Anyone that missed last Friday night's Puncher game is probably still kicking themselves, as they missed the opportunity to see some of the best football we've seen played in this area.
The Angoras came into the game a decided favorite. The only game they had dropped in district play was against the Junction Eagles, so Mason knew they would have their hands full. The Rocksprings players did not disappoint!
During the first quarter of play, it became apparent very quickly that neither team was going to run away with the game. Each squad would push down the field, finally turn over the ball, and the march would begin in the other direction. It would be Mason that would make the first score.
With just over three minutes of play left in the first quarter, Jared Hudson made the final run into the goal, then Justin Yonker made good on the kick, and the score was 7-0.
The Angoras would take possession, and almost immediately race downfield for their first score. Ryan Taylor of Rocksprings made a 67-yard run followed up by Zane Hernandez's kick to tie the score with two minutes remaining in the quarter.
The second quarter was almost a repeat of the first. Almost. The half was about to end and Rocksprings had possession of the ball. The went out for a pass with only seconds left, and there was Bobby Buist. The Mason boy picked off the pass, and with the buzzer ringing, took it in 73-yards for the touchdown and the half time score was 13-7.
The third quarter remained scoreless, and Mason fans cheered on their boys without stopping, as they knew that Rocksprings could change the direction of the game with a score.
In the fourth quarter, Mason fans were again yelling themselves hoarse in support of the Punchers, urging their boys on to do anything they could. Then, with 34 seconds remaining, little A. J. Martinez picked off a Rocksprings pass and ran 40-yards for the final score of the night, followed by a Yonker pass play to Buist for the two points, and the final numbers on the board were 21-7.
This Friday, Mason travels to Junction to continued one of the longest rivalries in the Hill Country. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and this is the last regular season game for the Punchers, as they have an open week on November 7 before beginning playoff competition.