Dogs hope to get first win at Mason Friday

Brady’s Bulldogs will be attempting to get their first victory of the young football season Friday night in Mason against the every-tough Punchers. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Mason was idle last week, and will open its season against the Bulldogs. “I hope there’s an advantage for us to have played a game already, but I just don’t know. They have seen us play, and they know just about everything we do,” Brady coach Jay Jones said. After the Mason team whitewashed the Doggies here last year, 31-0, the Brady squad hopes to be able to operate offensively against the talent of their opponent’s defense. “They may have the strongest defensive unit we will see this year,” Jones said. “Their nose guard, Jerimy White, a 6-0, 185 pounder, is all over the field. He hurt us last year, and he’s a year older now. White is very active. He poses a lot of problems for us due to his penetration of the line.” Another outstanding defensive performer is LB/FB Zac Langhennig, a 6-1, 205 pounder, who is a strong player. “Langhennig is a power back as well and will be difficult to stop,” the Brady coach said. Leading the Mason attack is QB Will Lehmberg, a 5-10, 160, 4.7, who doubles as a defensive back. “He’s a good one,” Jones said. The Punchers were 12-2 last season, reaching the quarterfinals in Division 2A-Division IV before losing to Refugio, 42-6. Veteran coach Joey McQueen returns 22 lettermen from that team including five starters on both sides of the ball. The Punchers were picked No. 11 in this year’s issue of Texas Football, and they are currently ranked No. 9 in the state by the Harris poll. Brady, after being upset by Coleman 22-21, in its opener last week is looking to get into the winning column against Mason. “We’ve had two good days of practices this week, and we’re pretty healthy. The kids have the ‘eye of the tiger’ and for focused on Mason. We’re just counting the days until our meeting,” Jones said Wednesday morning.

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