By CLINT FOSTER
It was a night of firsts for the Mineral Wells Rams (1-7, 1-2): their first lead in a game, first shutout. But no first was more important or special than their first win of the season. It was a breath of fresh air for the entire Rams team and their fans, but especially the seniors.
For the first time this season the Mineral Wells Rams were in complete control of a game from start to finish, running over the Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles (0-8), 58-0, on Friday night at Rams Stadium.
On a team of roughly 30, many of whom have been injured this season, more than half are seniors and earning their first win in front of a pink-out home crowd was a special moment.
Many seniors shined against the Eagles. Wide receiver and defensive back Colby Kissinger started the scoring avalanche off with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown after the second drive of the game.
Later that quarter, he nabbed an interception and almost had a 57-yard rushing touchdown on his first carry of the season that was called back for holding.
Kissinger was quick to shift the glory to his teammates.
“It’s my team that’s doing all the work, getting their blocks,” he said. “It’s one heck of a team. We’re only working with 26 guys right now.
“A lot of the people on this team right now have a lot of heart.
“I’m really proud of my team. I count them as family.”
The Rams were also dominant in the running game, with six players racking up 295 yards on the ground and a combined seven touchdowns. Senior DeShawn Hicks led the way, showcasing his outside speed on five carries for 120 yards and three scores.
“I just had a bunch of good blocks,” Hicks said. “I saw my holes and I hit them. It feels good to win. We’ve been needing one all year.”