By TONY EIERDAM
Just call them the 2013 District 6-3A freshman football district champions.
Paced by a last-minute defensive stand, the Mineral Wells Rams freshman football team hung on to defeat Kennedale, 20-14, to win the District 6-3A championship Thursday night at Ram Stadium.
The Rams finish with a 3-0 district mark and an 8-2 record overall. The Rams were 8-1 this year against freshman teams.
Both the Rams and Kennedale came into the contest with undefeated district records as both defeated Castleberry and Lake Worth. District 6-3A schools Fort Worth Diamond Hill and Castleberry did not field freshman teams this season.
Rams freshman head coach Will Burnes said the team worked hard every day in practice and that it translated to success on the field.
“I am very proud of this team,” Burnes said. “What we keep telling them is they have to get better every day and that they are our future, and they did a heck of a job each week of doing that.
“Our coaching staff worked hard with this group, and the staff is very proud of what the kids accomplished.
“It’s a good group that works hard and loves to play football. Some of these guys may play varsity next year, but that has yet to be determined. They still have the offseason program to get through and August (2014) workouts as well.”
The Rams scored first but Kennedale answered with two scores before the Rams tied the contest again.
But with the score 14-14 in the fourth quarter, the game’s high drama began to unfold.
With 9:44 left to play Kennedale began what it hoped would be a go-ahead drive from its own 12. But after allowing a first down the Rams held and forced the Wildcats to punt with 5:45 remaining in the contest.
The Rams caught a huge break when the snap on the punt flew over the Kennedale’s punter’s head as the Rams recovered at the KHS 8-yard line.