Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 8, 2013

Hirschi’s speed too much for Rams to overcome


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER

WICHITA FALLS – It was a track meet on Friday night in at Wichita Falls Memorial Stadium, for one team anyway.

 The Hirschi Huskies (2-0) ran by and around the Mineral Wells Rams (0-2) en route to a 68-0 win in non-district play.

 Across the board Mineral Wells did not seem as mismatched as the score indicates. But simply put, the Rams had no answer for the speed of Hirschi’s top playmakers. It was the kind of speed that keeps defensive coaches up at night.

 “We knew they had speed and we knew we had to contain it,” head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “Sometimes we made the play on the front end and they took it out on the back end and sometimes we didn’t make the play on the front end.”

 The Huskies showcased their speed often, reversing the field against the Ram defense on many long runs. The Rams defense was also kept on its heels by Hirschi’s no-huddle offense.

 The Huskies’ Cooper brothers, quarterback Terrance and wide receiver Torrence, had their way with Mineral Wells as the pair combined for 206 yards on the ground, with Terrance also passing for 138 yards.

But no star shined brighter than Hirschi running back Cedric Battle. Battle scored a staggering five touchdowns, including two punt returns to pay dirt. He added 165 all-purpose yards in front of a rowdy home crowd.

 But credit must go where credit is due. Lawrence must have said something great to his defense at halftime because the Rams made necessary adjustments and were able to largely contain the Huskies dreaded speed in the second half. After all their success in the first half, Hirschi only mustered one touchdown on a classic zone read in the red zone against the Rams defense in the final two quarters.

 “We did better,” Lawrence said of his defense’s second half performance. “But you’ve also got to understand that was probably their backups in the game too.”

 Regardless of how often their starters played, the Huskies did not appear to call off the dogs in the second half and the Rams defense should be commended for the way they bounced back. Still, Lawrence maintained that his entire team, including his defense, needs to improve.

 “If we can’t stop anybody, it’s just not going to matter,” he said.

 Lawrence pointed out that the Rams have given up 51 and 68 points in their first two games; a total of 119 points so far this season. It is a troubling statistic, but the season is far from over.

 “We’ve got to keep a good attitude,” Lawrence said. “Our district record is still 0-0. We’ve got another four weeks to get ready for district.”

 The Rams will have as good a chance as any to get their season back on the right foot when they take on the Glen Rose Tigers (0-2) next Friday at Tiger Stadium. Until then, the battle-weary Rams can focus on getting healthy and starting a new winning streak.

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