BY TONY EIERDAM
The best news after falling 1-0 to Brewer in the District 12-4A finale Tuesday night at Ram Stadium for the Mineral Wells Rams is the team will be healthy as they enter the 2013 playoffs.
The Rams had already clinched third place in the district and treated the final match as “a scrimmage.”
But for senior captain Gilbert Castorena – a four-year varsity member – the match meant a little bit more to him and his classmates who played their final match on home turf.
Castorena said the program has come a long way since his freshman year.
“It is bittersweet, but I guess it is just time,” Castorena said. “Our program has come a long way since my freshman year.
“Then Coach (Rolando) Borjon came in my sophomore year and everything changed. We went to the playoffs for the first time (in 2011) and everything got better and better each year.”
Castorena said in the past the Rams were just happy to be in the playoffs. But after winning the school’s first playoff match last year, the senior captain said that just winning a playoff game isn’t enough this season.
“We are very confident going into the playoffs,” he said. “We have been together for so long, we won a game last year and Coach Borjon has been working us hard.
“We are excited about the playoffs.”
Borjon was pleased that his team had clinched a postseason berth prior to the final match. Because of the circumstances, he was able to play his entire roster.
“The best part was we got to play all of our kids,” Borjon said. “I am glad for the seniors who have now made the playoffs three years in a row.
“We treated this match as a scrimmage, and I told the kids that I did not want anyone getting hurt. I am glad we are healthy going into the playoffs.”
The Rams will face the second-place team from District 11-4A early next week in the bi-district playoffs.
However, 11-4A’s No. 2 seed has yet to be determined. That will take place Friday when Denton Guyer and Birdville play for the No. 2 spot. The winner will play the Rams, most likely on Tuesday. Check www.mineralwellsindex.com this weekend for date, location and start time.
“I like the way we are playing, and I know we will show up big,” Borjon said. “All we know at this point is we will play either Denton Guyer or Birdville. We don’t care who we play. If they want a piece of us we are ready.”
The lone goal of the match came when Brewer converted a penalty kick with 15:04 left in the first half. There was no scoring in the second half.
BY TONY EIERDAM
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