By CLINT FOSTER
Mineral Wells (0-3) may have lost on Friday night, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the Rams players and staff after the game.
The Rams were flying higher and feeling more confident than they had all season after scoring their first two offensive touchdowns of the year.
The Glen Rose Tigers (1-2) rode a fast start to a 35-13 win, but keyed by a strong defensive performance, the Rams surged late on the back of a surprisingly dominant running game and earned the epitome of a moral victory.
The Rams limped into their game against the Tigers with six starters out with injuries, including Mineral Wells’ two starting running backs: Josh Hardee and Devon Edmond. But the Rams coaching staff plugged a few key players into that backfield spot and came away with their most impressive offensive performance so far.
“People don’t understand how wounded we are,” head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “My offensive staff worked all week on the game plan and they came up with a great one. We got the ball, we punched it down there a couple of times in the first half and just couldn’t get it in. We finally got it in twice. I’m so proud of my offense and my offensive staff for they hard work they put in. It showed tonight.”
Senior wide receiver and starting cornerback DeShawn Hicks, wide receiver and defensive back Kelly Williams and sophomore Tristan Seargeant led the Rams resurgent rushing attack. Hicks and Williams ran hard to combine for 143 yards on the ground, and Seargeant added another 77 rushing yards including 51 in the second half.
Williams was the hero, scoring the first touchdown of the Rams’ young season on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. Hicks added the other touchdown in the fourth quarter as Mineral Wells attempted to mount a comeback.