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Mason vs Junction, Rivalry Renewed
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 • Posted October 29, 2008

Over the past 65 years, Mason vs Junction has become one of the most storied rivalries in all of Texas high school football. For the most part, Mason has gotten the best of Junction, defeating them 19 times over the past 25 years. This year, the Eagles of Junction appear to have the upper hand.

The 2008 Junction football team is a far cry from what we have seen over the past 25 years. This year, the Eagles are currently ranked 20th in the state, they sit high atop District 29 with a record of ( 7-1 ), and they have been annihilating their opponents. Their new Head Coach, Cody Spivey, has them absolutely dialed in. Much of the Eagles' success has to do with All-West Texas RB/LB senior Dustin Stapp ( 5’10" 200LBS ) who is currently rushing for more then 195 yards a game while averaging 15 tackles per outing. Rumor has it that he eats five pounds of deer meat for lunch, washes it down with a gallon of milk, knocks out five hundred push ups and returns to school humming his own personal fight song! With the kind of numbers he is putting up I do not think I will question the validity of that rumor.

Our Punchers have had this game circled on the calendar since the start of the season. Rivalries such as Ohio State vs Michigan and Texas vs Oklahoma pale in comparison to Mason vs Junction. This west Texas grudge match has a medieval feel and it has been that way for years.You can just feel the tension in the air and the grinding in your belly the minute you pull in to the parking lot. Several weeks ago I warned you about the Goldthwaite game, which turned out to be a dandy. I am once again putting you on red alert. Mason vs Junction will be like two heavy weights going toe to toe and is a can’t miss game. This year it is much more then a rivalry game. This year the stakes are higher then they have ever been !!!!

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