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2012 LSG Team Preview — Mason Punchers

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Mason Punchers

Team: Mason Punchers (14-1A Division I)

Team Site: Go Punchers!!

Colors: Purple/White

Stadium: R. Clinton Schulze Stadium (Puncher Dome)

Enrollment: 197 -- 2nd largest in the district out of 6 schools

Coach: Kade Burns (1 year) 15-0 record at Mason; 30-6 All-Time Coaching Record

Returning Lettermen: 15

Returning Starters: Offense: 2 Defense: 4

Key Players:
* K/P/RB Rio Schmidt 2nd Team All-State K (AP & TSWA) & 2nd Team All-State P (TSWA) 950 yards 12 TDs rushing 95 PATs
* TE Woody Watson
* OL/DL SOPH Kyle Zavala
* QB/LB JR Elliott Bibb
* RB/LB Tanner Dutton 110 tackles
* DL JR Steven Villarreal
* OL JR Drigo Martinez
* OL JR Hector Medina

Notes:
* Have gone 45-9 over the past 4 seasons
* Coach Burns brother is the head coach at 1A Bronte and his dad Melvin was the punchers head coach (1971-1977,1984-1988) compiling a 101-32-1. Kade is a graduate of Mason

  • Mike Says: Head Coach Kade Burns enjoyed his first season leading The Punchers. They are the defending Class 1A Division I champions and went 15-0 in his initial year. They will miss David Mora and his 7,622 career rushing yards though. He was part of a large senior class. This years team will be young with lots of juniors stepping in to key roles. Look for them to go 8-2 or 7-3 in the regular season and with the district title. Once in the playoffs, their main competition will come from Shiner and Ganado in the region. (They beat both of these teams last year on their way to the championship)
  • Chris Says: What a blast the Mason Punchers were last season!  They have some great fans that certainly love their Punchers!  We got so many great call-ins giving the team a shoutout that we all became fans around here.  (713-568-6361 if you want to give a shoutout!)  Mason not only rolled through the season and playoffs, but they did so with class - you gotta like that.  What about this season?  David Mora is gone.  They graduated a ton of experience (only six starters return.)  What do they have to look forward to?  Well, you don't win a state championship on the legs of one player.  You don't win a state championship scoring the crazy amounts they put up off dumb luck.  This team believes in itself, this community believes in their Punchers and this coach will use all of that to mold the next crop of players into winners.  Expect Mason to have another great year and another excellent playoff run.  I don't think back to back state titles are in their immediate future, but with the passion that I see in this little town, all things are possible.

Last Years Record: 10-0 overall 4-0 District

2011 Games:
at Harper (4-6) (W 60-6)
vs Junction (5-5) (W 54-12)
at Comfort (4-6) (W 48-24)
at Ingram Moore (0-10) (W 47-0)
vs Olney (2-8) (at Baird) (W 56-6)
vs Johnson City (0-10) (W 69-0)
at Eldorado (2-8)* (W 55-0)
vs Reagan County (4-6)* (W 65-6)
at Goldthwaite (7-5)* (W 55-21)
vs Winters (9-4)* (W 28-6)

Playoffs: Division I Champions
Bye Bi-District
vs La Villa (5-7) (at SA Harlandale) (W 64-20) Area
vs Ganado (11-1) (at New Braunfels Canyon) (W 7-0) Regionals
vs Shiner (8-6) (at Georgetown) (W 55-7) Quarterfinals
vs Garrison (12-2) (at Waco Floyd Casey) (W 46-14) Semifinals
vs Stamford (13-3) (at Cowboy Stadium) (W 62-40) Championship

History:
* Ranks #54 in the 2012 LSG Team Of The Decade Rankings
* Ranks #22 in Class 1A All-Time Winning %
* 4 consecutive 9+ win seasons
* all time record: 551-375-34 59.17% 960 games
* Playoff Appearances (33) 1931,1954,1957,1958,1959,1961,1962,1972,1974,1976,1980,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988
1989,1990,1991,1993,1994,1995,1996,1999,2000,2001,2003,2004,2008,2009,2010,2011

Championship History: (1) 1-0
Class 1A Division I -- Mason 62, Stamford 40

Last 5 year record: 49-15

Last 10 year record: 79-39

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2 Comments

  1. RandyJulie Moore

    August 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    “It’s a GREAT day to be a PUNCHER!”–O. Lee Graham (voice of the Punchers)
    RIP, Mr. Graham. <3

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