By TONY EIERDAM
Coming into Wednesday night’s District 12-4A match at Ram Stadium against Mineral Wells, the Saginaw Roughriders were undefeated in district with a 2-0-2 mark and probably were not expecting much resistance against the 0-4 Rams.
But playing easily their best district game of the season, the Mineral Wells Rams hung tough and gave Saginaw a scare before the Roughriders hung on for a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Ram Stadium.
The game was closer than the score indicated as Saginaw scored its second goal with 2:38 left to play.
The loss drops the Rams’ district mark to 0-5, while Saginaw moves to 3-0-2.
Rams head coach Rolando Borjon said he was proud of his young and inexperienced team and indicated that hard work brought them to the point of nearly recording an upset win.
“The guys took a big step (on Wednesday),” Borjon said. “The guys fought hard and played a very good game.
“We have been looking for this all year – playing a full game.
“The guys put in a lot of hard work in the past week, including when it was bad outside and we had to practice in the gym.
“The kids hung in there, and this is one of those years where we are trying new things to help make us stronger.”
Another bright spot was the play of goalkeeper Kelly Williams, who turned back several close-range stops for the match.
In the first half, Williams stopped what looked like a sure goal with a jump save just seven minutes into the contest, and midway through the first half in a span of two minutes he showed his athleticism with a pair of diving saves.
Instead of what could have been a 3-0 lead for Saginaw, the match remained scoreless.
Saginaw finally got one past the Rams’ goalkeeper with a goal on a header following a corner kick with 3:47 left in the half.
Williams kept the game close in the second half as he came up with a pair of brilliant diving saves at the 25:01 and 24:20 marks.
Perhaps Williams’ best save of the night came with 15:40 remaining and Saginaw still clinging to a 1-0 lead.
The Roughriders were awarded a free kick from about 30 yards out, and Williams jumped high and caught the offering to keep it a one-goal match.
Meanwhile, Saginaw’s offense kept possession of the ball in the MWHS defensive end for most of the second half, limiting the MWHS scoring chances and nearly eliminating anything in front of the goal.
With 2:38 left to play Saginaw sealed the win with a goal from inside the box.
“The adjustments we have made helped us stay in this game,” Borjon said. “Our defense showed up big, and Kelly (Williams) had a good night in goal by making some big saves.
“This year the team is a work in progress, and (Wednesday) they showed how their hard work is paying off,” Borjon said. “This game gives our young kids the confidence to know that they can hang with teams of this caliber.
“This was a positive step for our young team, and the future looks pretty bright.
“They can build on this effort.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet
TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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