That loud whistle that you heard last Friday night was the “Puncher Express” roaring into the town of Fredericksburg to take on the Cowboys of D’Hanis. If the Cowboys had any sense they would have gotten off the tracks long before the Punchers and their traveling circus known as the “Mason Faithful” came rollingin to town, as our Punchers destroyed the Cowboys of D’Hanis 39-0.
It was without a doubt one of the Punchers most well rounded efforts all year. Our defense was stellar, wreaking havoc all night long as they came up with one big play after another. Our Offense was about as balanced as it gets with three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air!. With two minutes left in the game Coach Joy even inserted the JV players who were dressed out in support of the Varsity players. Our little mighty mites performed admirably to the delight of the fans.
It is becoming quite obvious that our Punchers are starting to develop a swagger and a level of confidence that will be critical to our success as we move deeper into the playoffs. This is something a coach cannot teach, it must come from with in the lockeroom. A good indicator of this is how the boys are interacting with each other on the side line and during the game. It is my experience that the tighter the bond, the more formidable foe you become.
Our next opponent in the Area round will be the Panthers of Bruni. The winner of the Mason vs Bruni game will then play the winner of the Chilton vs Ganado game. The game will take place in Hondo, Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Make sure you check the weather forecast before you leave the house. Last week, Fredericksburg could have doubled as the frozen tundra of Green Bay.
Bruni is located about 30 miles north of Laredo. The Panthers bring a record of ( 9-2 ) into the Area round. Their style of play is a complete departure from the finess style that is prevalent in South Texas. Bruni’s offensive scheme is not flashy or filled with trickery. They like to run the ball behind a stable of three speed backs and an offensive line that is anchored by 6' 7" 310 lbs. center Ruben Davilia. The key to their success this year has been their abilty to be patient and just out grind opponents over four quarters. Keep your eye on QB Daryl Garcia. He was the Panthers leading rusher last year at running back. By moving him to quarterback the Panthers have become one of the better triple option teams in the state.
As we navigate our way through the playoffs you can be assured of one thing. Each game will become tougher and tougher. Let’s all make the drive to Hondo Friday night and get behind our boys as we all chase the dream of a State Championship!
GO PUNCHERS !!!!!!!!!