On the next play, MWHS defensive back Omery Trevino picked off a pass at the Rams’ 2 and sprinted down the right sideline. He would have easily scored but the rules of the scrimmage halted play after interceptions so instead MWHS took over at its own 30.
In two plays the Rams fumbled the ball to the Eagles. But Decatur was forced to punt to set up the Rams’ score in the timed portion of the scrimmage.
On third and nine from the MWHS 21, Acosta dropped back to pass, but could not locate any open receivers.
The crafty junior bought some time on a scramble to his right, and before being sacked threw the ball about 10 yards downfield in the middle of the field.
On a play that resembled Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris’s Immaculate Reception, the ball bounced off a Decatur defender and into the alert arms of Rams junior receiver Rascellis Williams, who accelerated past three surprised Decatur defenders and down the left sideline for a remarkable 79-yard touchdown.
“I was just hanging back blocking for my quarterback,” Williams said. “When he threw the ball I headed up field, and all of a sudden the ball came to me. I just ran as fast as I could.”
The Rams missed the extra point and led 6-0 with 6:42 left in the practice game.
MWHS held Decatur on downs after the Eagles drove to the MWHS 22. Muehlstein had thrown consecutive incomplete passes on third and fourth downs to turn the ball over on downs to the Rams.
The Eagles forced a Rams’ punt and found the end zone when Muehlstein completed a 24-yard touchdown pass. Decatur converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead and held the Rams on downs as the scrimmage ended.
Lawrence feels the Eagles gave his defense a good look at an efficient passing game.
“On a personal note, my cornerbacks didn’t play all that great, but that’s on me,” he said. “But other than that, we just have to correct some mistakes and keep getting better.”