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August 4, 2013

Back to the gridiron

Rams begin practice on Monday to prepare for upcoming 2013 football season


After a spring semester of workouts and a summer of camps, conditioning and seven-on-seven work, the Mineral Wells Rams will convene at Ram Stadium on Monday to begin August practices in preparation for the 2013 season.

There is good news at Camp Rams as junior quarterback Caleb Acosta will get all the first-team snaps this August.

Last year, Acosta became the starting quarterback just days before the season opener when Dan Reay Turk went down with an injury.

Acosta started every game at QB in 2012, and his year of experience gives his teammates, coaches and fans optimism that he will elevate to the next level and lead the Rams to a successful season.

But Acosta cannot do it alone, and the Rams are hoping that returning offensive linemen Preston Hoskins, Jacob Pilkington and Enrique Gamboa and two new starters – whoever they will turn out to be – will continue the recent success of the MWHS offensive lines.

The Rams’ offense got an added boost when Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence, now in his fifth year as head coach, announced that junior Josh Hardee would be the team’s primary running back. As a sophomore inside linebacker last year Hardee led the Rams in tackles with 93 tackles, including 67 unassisted stops.

This is the time of the year where all high school grid teams have sights set on improvement from the year before. The Rams finished 5-5 last season, including a 2-3 mark in district play.

It is also the one time of the year when everyone is healthy.

“We are healthy and we need to stay that way,” Lawrence said. “We are all excited, and now that we have coaching school behind us it is time to get back to work to prepare for the season.”

University Interscholastic League rules mandate that high school football teams must practice for four days without full gear before putting on the armor on the fifth day of workouts.

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