The temperatures were chilly; but, Mason fans made the long trek to Buda, Texas, on the Friday night after Thanksgiving to watch their Punchers take on the Ganado Indians.
Both teams were coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday, and the first quarter saw them trying to get back up to game speed. Neither team scored during the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Ganado's Joey Arriaga capped off a drive with a final one-yard run to put the Indians on the board and the score was 6-0.
The Punchers and Indians were still battling the lethargy of the turkey day feasting, and they both showed that they had been away from their usual routines as they made mistakes and miscues that cost them both yardage. With two minutes left in the half, the Indians would finally score again on a Donovan Foster run, followed by a Julio Ramos kick to put the score at 13-0 where it would stay through the half time.
Both teams had recharged during the half; but, it would be the Indians to make the first real push with a drive down into Puncher territory four minutes into the third quarter. They finally made a 23-yard field goal to put the score at 16-0.
The Punchers came back with renewed energy and would make their first score of the night on a 36-yard pass from Justin Yonker to Dustin Tatsch, followed by an Adam Timms run for the extra points, putting the score at 16-8.
Ganado also rallied with two minutes remaining in the quarter and Kevin Smith scored on a three-yard run, bolstered by a Julio Ramos kick to put the score at 23-8.
In the fourth quarter, the Punchers failed to score on several attempts; but, they never gave up trying. They would finally cross the goal one last time with 45 seconds remaining in the game when Justin Yonker carried in the ball to put the score at 23-14.