By TONY EIERDAM
One of the big questions entering the 2013 season for the Mineral Wells Rams was where the coaching staff was going to play junior Josh Hardee.
Although Hardee led the team in tackles last year as a sophomore from his inside linebacker spot, this year coaches decoded to start him at running back as he is also the Rams best rusher.
Hardee did not disappoint Saturday when the Rams held an intrasquad scrimmage at Ram Stadium. The running back broke off runs of 20, 15, 20 and 25 yards, and also scored on a 75-yard pass from junior quarterback Caleb Acosta.
On Hardee’s touchdown catch and run, Acosta sent a sharp spiral to Hardee just inside the right hash mark. Hardee caught a 10-yard pass and raced 65 extra yards, including breaking a pair of tackles, into the end zone.
Acosta and the Rams’ offense started out slowly but ended on a good note with a couple of touchdowns.
Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence was pleased with the scrimmage, particularly the enthusiasm a the team displayed throughout the entire game-situation practice.
“I was extremely pleased with both sides of the ball,” Lawrence said. “We flew around the ball on defense and made some big plays on offense.”
Another big play offensively occurred late as Acosta hit receiver Rascellis Williams on a 35-yard bomb on the left sideline.
But the defense showed good hustle and tackling ability as linebacker Toby Almanza held down the middle and Grant Peters displayed a knack for open-field tackling. The defense also created turnovers with a couple of interceptions and two recovered fumbles.
“The best news is we did not get anybody hurt,” Lawrence said. “That is always the fear you have in a scrimmage. I like the way we ran the draw play on offense, and we hit couple of deep balls.