MINERAL WELLS —
Although the Rams are defending district champions, Pappas said the team to beat in 6-3A is state-ranked No. 3 Kennedale.
“Kennedale is the team to beat,” Pappas said. “They average 72 points per game, and there is a reason they are ranked so high. I think every other team in our district scores in the mid-to-high 50s.
“We are not the favorite by any means, and Kennedale is definitely the favorite.
“But we feel like we have the personnel to compete with them, and hopefully we can take a shot at winning a consecutive district championship.
“But if not, are main focus is to get into the playoffs.”
Another addition to the Rams’ district schedule is Springtown, a Parker County rival of sorts. Pappas feels the proximity-rivalry will be extremely fierce and competitive.
“Right now, Lake Worth is the only team in the district that is struggling,” Pappas said. “They are 5-16, and everyone else is above or hovering around .500.
“Springtown, Castleberry and Diamond Hill have winning records, so it will be a battle for the rest of the teams to get those other two playoff spots.
“I think we have already established a rivalry with Springtown when we played them at the Jacksboro tournament (in November).
“It got a little heated at the end of that game. Even though we beat them by 13 points, I feel like they didn’t play their best game that day.
“They will be prepared for us in district. But we have a rivalry with them, and those two games we play against them in district will be fun, but will be stressful as well.
“No doubt about it, Springtown is a team that will compete for a playoff spot.”
When asked if he likes where the Rams are at this point of the season, Pappas had mixed feelings.