By CLINT FOSTER
LAKE WORTH – It was a cold, windy Friday night in Lake Worth. Sporadic rain showers blew through the night sky, and with their backs against the wall, the Mineral Wells Rams (0-7) fell short again in district play against the Lake Worth Bullfrogs (5-2, 2-0), 16-6, at Kittrell Stadium.
But don’t blame the defense for the loss.
The Rams defense played nothing short of inspired football and set the tone the entire game, making stop after stop in crucial situations. They held the Bullfrogs to the lowest point total by an opponent this season – 14 points, not including a safety in the fourth quarter – and 272 yards of total offense.
Truthfully, the defense cannot even be faulted for the two touchdowns they gave up: the first of which was on a 20-yard pass in the opening drive that began deep in Ram territory and the second on a 65-yard quarterback draw when the ball carrier broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage.
Head coach Chuck Lawrence had nothing but praise for his team that has continued to practice and play hard when most other teams in their position might have quit.
“These kids are fighting their guts out,” Lawrence said after the game, fighting back tears. “We left it all out on the field. Mineral Wells should be proud of this football team. I don’t care what the record is. They’re fighting and they’re giving it everything they got.”
No position group shined brighter on that dark, rainy night than the Rams’ defensive line. They feasted on a Bullfrog offensive line that looked confused and overmatched. It seemed at least one Ram defender was in the backfield on every play.
Senior defensive tackle Preston Hoskins even snagged an interception on an ill-advised shovel pass in the third quarter, making him the second Ram defensive linemen to grab an interception this season. The entire defensive line never allowed the Lake Worth quarterback to settle in the pocket.