By TONY EIERDAM
With just four District 6-3A games remaining coming into today’s contest at Lake Worth, the Mineral Wells Rams desperately need a win to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The top four teams in each district in Class 3A qualify for the state playoffs.
The Rams (0-6, 0-1) and Bullfrogs (4-2, 1-0) will kick off at 7:30 p.m. today at Kittrell Stadium on the campus of Lake Worth High School.
The Rams are coming off a 24-21 loss to Castleberry last week in the district opener, while the Bullfrogs defeated Fort Worth Diamond Hill last week, 60-7.
Despite the two teams coming into the contest under different circumstances, Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said last week needs to be forgotten, by both clubs.
It’s over,” Lawrence said. “Win or lose, in district you have to move on to the next opponent. Some teams treat it differently.
“Some teams can’t come back the next week after a big win – they keep hanging on to that – while others have trouble rebounding after a loss.
“We have had good workouts all week, and our kids seemed to have bounced back.”
The Rams downfall in last year’s 39-14 loss to Lake Worth was a failure to stop the Bullfrogs’ rushing attack. Returning is the leading rusher for Lake Worth in last year’s game, Tim Woods, who gained 111 yards against the Rams last year and has 179 yards on 25 carries this season.
The Bullfrogs are led in rushing by quarterback Kelton Versey who has rushed for 588 yards on 114 totes.
“We had a hard time stopping the run against Lake Worth last year,” Lawrence said. “They had success with the zone read (quarterback option), and Lake Worth has a tough offense to defend.
“Hopefully we have made the right adjustments to take care of it (today). Lake Worth is still running the same packages they did last year.”