Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

August 1, 2013

One year under belt

With a complete season of experience, Mineral Wells QB Caleb Acosta ready to advance Rams’ offense


Last year at this time, the Mineral Wells Rams were ready to begin the season with senior quarterback Dan Reay Turk at the helm of the offense.

But toward the end of August workouts Turk was injured, and with little time to prepare sophomore signal caller Caleb Acosta was sent behind center and remained there for the entire 2012 season.

Acosta had a good year as he made the All-District 6-3A first team at quarterback.

For the 10-game season, Acosta threw for 1,039 yards, including 466 yards and four touchdowns in five district games.

But unlike last year, this year Acosta, knowing he will be the starting QB, has worked hard in the offseason and summer. On nearly every night in the summer Acosta was throwing passes to his receivers and backs.

With one full season, spring football and summer workouts under Acosta’s belt, Rams offensive coordinator David Tarver said Acosta will be able to progress at a faster clip this season.

“It is big and it will help our progress that we have Caleb at quarterback with an entire year of experience under his belt,” Tarver said. “Caleb took some big strides this spring, and he started to understand the offense even more than he did as he progressed throughout the year last season.

“His decision making improved each game last year.”

The unexpected full season of playing and eight months of off-season work has helped Acosta fully understand the playbook and offensive philosophies.

“In conversations between us he now tells me what he is expecting, what he is looking for and what he is going to do,” Tarver said. “That’s a positive step, and it gives me a lot confidence in him.”

Tarver said Acosta has acquired another special quality over the last 12 months.

“The biggest thing about Caleb, with his year of experience and talent – everyone knows he has a great arm – is also a great leader,” Tarver said.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0727 swim relay team first place.jpg Swimming to State

    KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • juvaree best.JPG Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals

    THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season


    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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg 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. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • 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. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    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.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 7, 2014

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

AP College Football Top 25
Auto Racing
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide