By TONY EIERDAM
If first impressions can predict the future, the Mineral Wells football team and their fans can look forward to a season of promise as the Rams held their ground with a solid Decatur squad as both teams scored three times Friday night in a scrimmage at Ram Stadium.
The Rams will play a final scrimmage at Azle on Friday. Start times for the freshman, junior varsity and varsity scrimmage have yet to be announced.
MWHS will open the 2013 season at home against state-ranked No. 9 Graham on Aug. 30.
“It is hard to evaluate totally without looking at the film,” head coach Chuck Lawrence said immediately following them practice game, “but I do know our kids played hard.
“We may have made some mistakes, but we also made some good plays.
“But that is what a scrimmage is for. We will correct the mistakes, we will praise the good things and we will come back and go to work.
“We went toe-to-toe with a good, well-coached football team. We were right there with them step for step.
“We played with heart and played hard, and that’s all we can ask them to do at this point.”
In defense of the Rams’ defense, it had the undesirable challenge of trying to stop Decatur quarterback Grayson Muehlstein, District 9-3A’s top passer and an early commit to TCU.
Paced by the passing of Muehlstein, the Eagles scored twice in the “controlled” portion of the scrimmage.
The Rams had a big-play in the controlled part of the practice game as quarterback Caleb Acosta fired a 75-yard touchdown pass to Colby Kissinger, who raced past his single defender and cradled a perfect spiral from his signal caller.
The scrimmage ended with a timed 12-minute quarter to simulate game conditions.
Using a mixture of passes and running plays, Muehlstein methodically drove the Eagles to the Rams’ 29. However, the Eagles would only move backwards as the Rams came up with a sack on first down.