By TONY EIERDAM
Hello, win column!
Carrying over an outstanding defensive effort from a week before and scoring on offense and special teams, the Mineral Wells Rams notched their first victory of the year after dominating the Fort Worth Diamond Hill Eagles, 58-0, Friday night in a District 6-3A contest at Ram Stadium.
The win raises the Rams’ district mark to 1-2 and 1-7 overall, while the Eagles drop to 0-3 and 0-8.
In other 6-3A action, Kennedale ran past Castleberry, 65-13, and Springtown, the Rams’ opponent next week (7:30 p.m. kickoff at Ram Stadium), had little trouble in a 49-7 win over Lake Worth.
The Rams opened the scoring on special teams when senior Colby Kissinger returned a punt for 55 yards to the end zone. The Rams’ offense, led on the ground by DaShawn Hicks and Tristan Seargeant, found the end zone five times in the first half as MWHS built a 40-0 cushion.
Hicks led all rushers with 126 yards on just five carries, including TD runs of 23, 56 and 22 yards, respectively, and Seargeant, who was cleared to play moments before the contest kicked off, added 65 yards on 10 toes with touchdown runs of seven and 16 yards and a one-yard TD reception from quarterback Caleb Acosta.
But the story of the game was the Rams’ defense, which not only pitched a shutout but only allowed Diamond Hill to cross midfield one time – to the Rams’ 49-yard line. Even that foray into Rams’ territory did not last long as the Eagles lost a fumble on the next play.
The stout MWHS defense allowed just 36 yards on 32 DHHS carries and did not allow a single pass reception.
“Everything came together – offense, defense and special teams,” Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “The kids played hard, they practiced hard all week and they executed the game plan (Friday night) almost to perfection. You have to be pleased with the effort.”