By TONY EIERDAM
Iowa Park running back Kelly Houston rushed for 137 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Iowa Park Hawks to a 52-13 win over the Mineral Wells Rams Friday in a non-district matchup on Homecoming Night at Ram Stadium.
The loss drops the Rams to 0-4, while Iowa Park moves to 3-1.
In what has become a pattern for the Rams, Iowa Park scored early and often with 28 first-quarter points and 35 by halftime.
But another pattern also emerged – the Rams once again were playing without six starters, including their top three running backs. But like last week against Glen Rose, several Rams stepped up to carry the ball. Receiver turned running back DaShawn Hicks turned in another steady performance with 63 yards to lead the Rams.
While discouraged with the outcome, Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said Friday’s game was another stepping stone toward improvement as the team targets the district opener Oct. 11 at home against Castleberry – also a day where MWHS could be at its healthiest all season.
“DaShawn got better this week and he is going to get better next week,” Lawrence said. “And hopefully when we line up to play Castleberry (in the district opener Oct. 11) he will be even that much better.
“Offensively, we built on what we did last week, and we have next week at Burkburnett and an off week of practices to get this thing going in the proper direction for Castleberry.
“We tried to get DaShawn loose on the outside,” Lawrence continued. “Tristan (Seargeant) did a good job on runs up the middle like he did last week (against Glen Rose).
“The offense was an extension of last week. Iowa Park was big, and at times we handled it OK, but on other occasions we didn’t.”
Lawrence did not try to sugar coat the defense, which gave up 458 total yards and a few big plays through the air.