By TONY EIERDAM
LAKE WORTH – Showing the kind of heart, hustle and effort it takes to win football games, the Mineral Wells Rams can look themselves in the mirror with pride despite falling short in 16-6 loss to the Lake Worth Bullfrogs here Friday in a District 6-3A contest.
However, Lake Worth took an early lead and took advantage of five MWHS turnovers en route to the win.
Following the game, which in the second half was played in a driving rain storm, Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence could not have been more pleased with his team’s effort. The loss drops the Rams to 0-7 and 0-2 in district play.
“I am proud of my football team,” an emotional Lawrence said. “I told the guys after the game that Mineral Wells can be proud of this football team. I don’t care what the record is, they left it all out on the field and played their guts out.
“Our defensive line had good movement up front the entire game, and our linebackers were filling gaps . The defensive line played outstanding, and (cornerback) Colby (Kissinger) shut down their passing attack.
“We were getting decent pressure on the quarterback, and it was an all-around good defensive effort.”
The Bullfrogs scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half and let its defense decide the outcome of the game. The Bullfrogs recorded four interceptions – including two in the second half – recovered a fumble and put the game away with a safety in the fourth quarter.
“Lake Worth is pretty tough inside defensively,” Lawrence said. “We just missed on some passes, we had some drops and we had a couple of bad plays that put us behind the chains.
“It was just a combination of things.”
Bullfrogs quarterback Kelton Versey was his team’s leading rusher coming into the contest. And although he led Lake Worth with 162 yards on 19 keepers, the Rams’ defense held him pretty much in check. Versey opened the scoring through the air and connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Damion Johnson, and he got away just one time on a 64-yard TD run.