A cold front had moved in and a brisk north wind was blowing in Fredericksburg as the Punchers entered the first round of the playoffs last Friday night. They did not let the weather, or the D'Hanis Cowboys, slow them down, easily shutting out the south Texas team 39-0.
Mason took first possession, lost the ball on downs to D'Hanis, and then recovered a Cowboy fumble to make their first score of the night on a short Jarred Hudson run just five minutes into the first quarter. Justin Yonker's kick was good, and the score was 7-0.
In the second quarter, the Punchers really caught fire and began a scoring rally that kept the Cowboys off balance. Less than one minute into the quarter, Justin Yonker tossed off an 11-yard pass to Bobby Buist and the score was 13-0.
The Punchers kicked the ball to D'Hanis, then recovered it immediately, and with 9:43 left in the game, Justin Yonker rocketed in a 48 yard pass to Adam Timms, following it up with a successful kick, to put the score at 20-0.
Five minutes of game time later, Jared Hudson made the carry to put Mason on the scoreboard once more in the first half, and to put the half time score at 26-0.
In the third quarter, Yonker would shoot off a 43-yard pass to Dustin Tatsch for a score, and again follow it up with a kick to put the score at 33-0 with 7:40 remaining.
The last Mason score of the night came on an Adam Timms 34-yard run, putting the final score at 39-0.
This Friday night, Mason will meet the Bruni Badgers in Hondo at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Courthouse pep rally on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the south side of the courthouse to get them ready for the next round of the playoffs.