“Defensively, we played well, but we pin them down at the two and let the drive 98 yards (for a touchdown). I thought special teams played well, but we just have to continue to get better offensively and defensively.
“This gives us confidence going into district. This was our best game and we are getting better.”
Although the Rams’ defense allowed 296 yards on the ground, its bend-but-not-break effort kept the team in the game.
Rams defensive coordinator Neil Mesler was pleased overall with the defense.
“I thought the kids did a good job of executing the game plan,” Mesler said. “I thought the physicality Burkburnett showed us will prepare us for Castleberry (in the district opener), and I feel the defense took a big, big step forward.
“For the most part our tackling was good, but we missed some open field tackles that hurt us. But that is something we can correct in practice.
Overall, I am very pleased with the defense, and although we gave a little bit too much at times and had a busted coverage I feel we improved.
“This was absolutely our best defensive effort of the season.”
Burkburnett took advantage of a Rams’ lost fumble and traveled 31 yards on its ensuing drive that ended with a 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bryan Lewis. The Bulldogs extended their lead to two points, 8-0, after scoring on a “swinging gate” play on the conversion.
Burkburnett found the end zone again as Lewis threw a 43-yard touchdown strike to Rizonn Hendricks, and the pair hooked up for the two-point conversion as Burk built a 16-0 cushion.
Trailing by 16, the Rams got the ball on their own 25-yard line with 38 seconds left in the first half. Hicks carried on first down for 13 yards down the left sideline, and Acosta connected with senior receiver Colby Kissinger – back after suffering a concussion three weeks ago – for a 36-yard bomb that set the Rams up at the BHS 26.