By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain.
After besting Kennedale for the first time in over a decade on their home field in the last week of March, the Rams (16-10, 7-2) swept their season series with the vaunted Wildcats, earning a 6-2 win in front of a home crowd, Friday night, to once again put themselves alone atop the District 6-3A standings with one game left to play.
It's just the latest feather in the cap of a Rams team that has already put together a wildly memorable season. And it's nowhere near finished.
"We've lost to Springtown and Castleberry and we've swept Kennedale," head coach Bret Barrick said, almost in disbelief immediately following the win. "If you'd have told me that at the beginning of the season, I would have called you a liar.
"Our kids play big in big games."
After a devastating 6-1 loss to rival Springtown on Tuesday, Barrick said his team had to convince themselves that losing their final two district games simply was not an option.
"I told them on Wednesday after the Springtown game, 'If you don't know we're going to win two, then don't show up to practice, because we're going to win two,'" he said. "Everybody showed up to practice and we probably had the best two days of practice we've had all year long. They know what's on the line and they want to win a district championship, bad. These kids played hard and they just laid it all on the line.
"I told them you can't worry about the past. Just get it in your mind that we're going to win two.
"One down. Now we've got one to go."