By Megan Baughman
Mason News staff writer
One of the most anticipated games of the year happens tomorrow for Mason High School’s football team- its homecoming game. It’s the night to show the crowd what they have worked at all season. Not only is it another game for Mason, but the 6-1 team also has a lot on the line as it plays 7-0 Lansing Sexton.
“Tomorrow is our homecoming, Senior Night, and the biggest game of the season,” said junior running back Saylor Lavallii. “We could earn a share of our third straight league title and payback after last year’s overtime loss.” Lavallii, a second-year varsity player, is known as one of Mason’s key players, with more than 1,400 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Lavallii claims that the key to winning this game is anticipating Sexton’s quickness. “Our keys to beating Sexton will be our defense and offensive linemen, who have done a tremendous job so far this season,” he said. “They [Sexton] are a very fast, athletic and talented team who are capable of beating anyone at any time. We have to play our best game with limited penalties and no turnovers to beat this team because they are a very, very good team.”
Senior Sean Wren, another key player and captain for Mason’s football team, also had some input on what needs to be done to beat Sexton. “Blocking and tackling. Whoever is executing better blocks and hitting harder will win the game,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” Wren plays many positions for the team, including wide receiver, free safety, and punt and kick return. He has 17 receptions and holds the record for the longest punt return for a touchdown at 84 yards, along with two others at 82 and 68 yards. When asked why this game is so important, Wren has a list of reasons. “It’s my homecoming, I’m a senior, local news picked Sexton, it’s our last home game, it’s the last time we play Sexton, it’s Senior Night, and if we win we get a part of the title, and if we lose, we miss out,” he said. “All the chips are in, we are all in, and this is it. That’s how we have been stressing it all week.”
Tomorrow determines whether Mason’s football team will share the conference title with Lansing Sexton and St Johns, which is the only team Mason has lost to so far this season. Not only that, but it’s also their homecoming and Senior Night, meaning there is a lot more pressure for the mean to pull off a victory. This game will be big not only for the team, but for senior captains Lance Craft, Austin Barr, Chris Gardner, and Jon Geer, along with Wren. “This is all or nothing. Do or die,” Wren added. “Everything is on the line. Backs against the wall.”
Mason’s Homecoming game will be played at Mason High School, located at 1001 South Barnes St., Mason, MI 48854. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.
You can also check out the results and pictures from Mason’s Powderpuff Game, which was played Monday, October 18th.