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Canadian Downs Mason for Class 2A DI Crown

The Mason Punchers started out fast but the Canadian Wildcats pulled out a 34-7 victory to win the Class 2A Division I title at AT&T Stadium. The victory was the Wildcats 3rd ever state championship in 4 games. They lost their 1 championship game in 2009 while winning titles in 2007 & 2008. This was Masons 2nd championship game. They won their only other game in 2011.

The Mason Puncher's fans outvoted the Canadian Wildcats' 78.8% to only 21.2% in the pre-game poll and it appeared things were going their way early.  The Punchers jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Canadian looked a bit frazzled.  Masons running game was rolling and the Wildcats were on their heals. The Wildcats made some great adjustments and it was on. Their passing game started clicking and once that happened, they went into a hurry offense and ran off 34 unanswered points on their way to a 34-7 victory.

The score at half was only 14-7 with the stats being pretty equal. In the end though, Canadian out gained Mason 381-214. Wildcat Quarterback, Tanner Schaffer (22/28, 232 yds, 2TDs) got his offense firing on all cylinders as RB, Chance Cook rushed for 80 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries as well as 3 catches for 25yds.  Receiver Cameron Copley hauled in 6 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD.  Mason, which had not given up more than 20 points all year just couldn't find a way to slow down the Wildcat attack. Mason had fits and starts offensively but couldn't string together consistent drives. The Punchers were held to only 73 total yards in the 2nd half. A few other stats in the game that made a difference was that Mason had 3 turnovers compared to 0 for Canadian. Canadian also converted on 8 3rd down plays while Mason only converted 1.

Fun fact: Geographically, of all the teams playing for a state title, Canadian is the most Northern and the most Western. The attendance for the game was 13,076.

The Most Valuable Players for the game were:

  • Offensive MVP - QB Tanner Schafer
  • Defensive MVP - Canadian LB Andrew Ezzell -- 10 tackles

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