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5th
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Puncher Football Texas icon Mason, TX

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Here in Texas, the traditions surrounding high school football bring communities closer together.

Since 1915, the Mason Punchers have earned a reputation for success when it comes to high school football. They have a long history of winning, and they don’t seem to be letting up any time soon.

The people of Mason are as much a part of the team’s success as the players. Aside from proudly wearing purple on Friday and showing up to home games, community members have found another way to support kids through 5th Quarter.

After the lights of the Puncherdome go out following a home game, everyone heads to the Mason Church of Christ for food and fellowship—a tradition that’s been around since 1969.

Hamburgers, fajitas, brisket sandwiches and sloppy joes are some of the meals commonly served at 5th Quarter. However, the town favorite remains Corky Mueller’s famous smoked Tri Tip.

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Corky Mueller

Mueller has shared his gift of smoking barbecue with the community for over fifty years. Supporting the next generation of Mason Punchers is important, and 5th Quarter is a way to do that. Mary Hemphill has helped carry out this tradition since the beginning.

“When you love somebody, you want to feed them good,” she said. “We love these kids. We want them to be happy, full and satisfied when they leave the church building.”

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