Week 0 of the high school football season is in the books and now it's on to Week 1. I know it's confusing, but there are 11 weeks in the season so as to give each team a week off from play. So, with that cleared up lets get to this week's game, Mason vs. Goldthwaite.
Mason is a great town. It is located on the very edge of the Standard-Times southeast coverage area right on the edge of the Texas hill country. If I had to choose a town to live in, other than San Angelo, in the Standard-Times coverage area it would be Mason. It's a beautiful place. And, they've got one heck of a football team as well. I had the opportunity to cover Mason in 2011 when they won a state championship at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Loads of fun.
On Friday night Mason was playing longtime rival Goldthwaite, also emerging as a great football program in the last few years. Reporter Monique Ching and I made the hour and half drive through rolling hills of green to get to the Puncherdome, an old-time looking stadium that looks more like a horse track grandstand than a football stadium. Monique is a general news reporter, but is currently our primary videographer and is producing a football feature video each week during the season. Here is the link to her first video from last week featuring Robert Lee High School's new stadium.
Mason pretty much dominated the game in the first half scoring three touchdowns before the half leading 19-0. Mason's first touchdown came when quarterback Elliot Bibb connected with Miguel Castillo for a 36-yard pass. The second score was set up by a strong defensive stand which gave the Punchers excellent field position on Goldthwaite's 28-yard line. Seven plays later Mason scored on a 2-yard run by Raul Silguero putting Mason up 13-0 with just over 11 minutes to play in the half. On Mason's next offensive series Silguero scored his second touchdown of the quarter from 5 yards out giving Mason a 19-0 lead at the half.
After leaving at the half to transmit photos back to the office, I managed to get back with about 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, I didn't really miss any action while I was away. Mason managed to score once more and Goldthwaite scored in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Mason walked away with a 26-7 victory, their third win over Goldthwaite in three years. The only thing left for the day was to load up on coffee and make the long drive back home.