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October 10, 2013

It’s not just ‘coach speak,’ Rams are 0-0

As I See It ... Tony Eierdam

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Who knows what the Rams’ record would have been had the injury bug not come down hard on the team. But, you know what? Regardless of what the record could have been, it would still be 0-0 now.

If there can be any “good” news that came from the injuries it has been the improvisation of the Rams coaches who had the unenviable task of getting a team ready without its top three running backs.

What those coaches found was versatility among its players. Receivers Kelly Williams and DaShawn Hicks have not only proven to be formidable, explosive running backs, but another back who was buried deep in the depth chart in August now looks like a veteran varsity running back in sophomore Tristan Seargeant.

The three backs have combined for 497 yards on 78 carries for an incredible 6.37 yards per carry since coming on as running backs dating back to the Glen Rose game three contests ago.

Not bad for a fourth-string back and two players with no running back experience. I call that good coaching of good athletes.

Seargeant has really emerged, gaining 199 yards on 28 totes for a whopping 7.1 yards per carry.

Now add Parks to the offensive backfield mix and the Rams are suddenly a difficult team to prepare for. If the Rams can keep up that average they will win their share of District 6-3A ball games.

The running game will also help junior quarterback Caleb Acosta, who has not enjoyed a “breakout” game as of yet. The district opener can change that. Recall Acosta had one of his best games last year against Castleberry, completing 10 of 18 passes for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Rams are also hoping a solid defensive effort turned in two weeks ago against Burkburnett will carry over to Friday night.

“The non-district games are strictly there to help you get ready for district,” Lawrence said. “District starts Friday and hopefully the improvements we have made and the level of preparedness we have had aiming for this week will come together.

“We feel we have done a good job of getting the kids ready to play, and hopefully the kids mentally will come out and have a good ball game.”

Let’s get ready for district play.

Every team will begin Friday at 0-0.



 

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