By TONY EIERDAM
Depth is a key issue in football, particularly at the high school level, and Friday night in a District 6-3A contest at Ram Stadium that quality became quite important.
The Mineral Wells Rams dropped a 35-19 decision to rival Springtown as the Porcupines’ up-tempo offense finally wore down the scrappy MWHS defense.
In a game that saw five lead chances in the first 31 minutes of the contest, the Porcupines came back to score three unanswered touchdowns in the last quarter and a half as the Rams’ defense – a defense that had several players playing on both defense and offense – could not keep pace although the unit held Springtown under its average of rushing yards, passing yards and total yards.
The loss drops the Rams (1-8) to 1-3 in district play and eliminated the team from playoff contention. MWHS will close the season Friday (Nov. 8) at first-place Kennedale. Springtown (4-5) elevated its district record to 3-1.
Despite giving up five touchdowns, the Rams’ defense recorded a season-high five turnovers, including one that went for a score. But it was not enough to stop Springtown’s balanced offensive attack as the Porcupines used the fourth quarter to run down the clock to preserve the win.
“The defense just got worn down,” Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “We knew they were going to run a NASCAR offense, and they want to run a ton of plays to try and wear you down.
“We are so thin that we had back ups going in for back ups.
“We had a couple of injuries that just made us pencil thin, and we just flat wore down in the second half.
“Our defense, without question, played with a lot of heart. After the game every coach on Springtown’s staff said they admired our defense for fighting and clawing until the very end.