Springtown outscored the Rams 21-6 in the second half to escape with the win.
“The kids just continued to compete against Springtown,”Lawrence said. “They competed all year long, all the way back to the beginning of the year when the injuries started to pile up and we lost most of our running backs and had to move receivers back to carry the ball.
“It was really the Burkburnett game (last non-district game) before we felt comfortable with the new look. When Mineral Wells and Springtown play it is usually a pretty good battle, and we played a good football game against a really good football team.
“Springtown can score a lot of points, and we knew we were going to have to slow them down. We weren’t sure we could stop them, but we knew we needed to slow them down.
“We did that for about three quarters. I never want to use this as an excuse, but the injuries started piling up on us again and we had guys going both ways and playing on every special team.
“Springtown runs a lot of plays, and we just flat wore down and weren’t able to compete in the fourth quarter.”
The Rams competed with Kennedale, but again wore down in the second half. The Rams scored more points on Kennedale (34) than any district opponent, and MWHS piled up 360 total yards on the district’s best defense.
“Our kids played hard and competed so well,”Lawrence said. “We did not play very well defensively, and as I say that I think about Kennedale’s two running backs who are extremely good football players.
“We knew we weren’t going to shut them down and had to try to slow them down, and I think we did a little of that early in the game.