“We played hard, we came up short, but I am mega proud of this football team.”
The Rams used offense and defense to forge a 13-7 lead. Chris Rapp began the scoring on a 33-yard end around, and after Springtown answered to take a 7-6 lead, the Rams took back the lead on a heads-up defense play.
Mineral Wells came after Springtown sophomore quarterback Landry Turner on a pass play, and as the quarterback was sacked he lost the ball. Defensive lineman Elijuan Combs scooped up the loose pigskin and sprinted 21 yards for a touchdown with 10:15 left in the second quarter. Rapp’s PAT boot gave the Rams a 13-6 lead.
The Rams’ lead could have been larger. After Omery Trevino intercepted a pass in the end zone, the Rams drove to the SHS 9-yard line but missed a field goal.
The pick was Trevino’s team-leading third of the season. The MWHS defense set the tone early in the contest as the Rams’ first TD was set up by a Combs’ fumble recovery.
After each team traded a possession, Springtown came back and took a 14-13 lead on a two-yard touchdown run by Fisher Drewry, his second of the game. The first half ended with the visitors ahead by a point.
Each team traded punts to begin the third quarter. After Springtown gave up the ball, the Rams marched 58 yards on nine plays to regain the lead.
On second and goal from the SHS 4, MWHS quarterback Caleb Acosta called his own number and snuck four yards up the middle and across the goal line to give the Rams a 19-14 advantage as the lead changed hands for the fourth time. The Rams’ try for two points on the conversion failed, but with 5:22 left to play in the third quarter spirits were high on the home side of Ram Stadium.