By TONY EIERDAM
Coming off a 58-0 victory last week, the Mineral Wells Rams will host Springtown will new-found confidence a team acquires after a win.
The Rams put together a shutout on defense, scored their season high on offense and scored on special teams in a complete-game effort.
Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence is hoping the squad can follow up on that effort with an upset over rival Springtown. He said practices have been upbeat all week.
The win also puts the Rams in the playoff hunt, albeit a long shot. MWHS would have to defeat Springtown and Kennedale and have a little help along the way.
“Practice has been good following the win, but honestly, it has been good all year,” Lawrence said. “Springtown is the next one up, and we have kind of had that attitude all year.”
Lawrence said a repeat of playing well in all three phases of the game would be necessary to defeat the Porcupines.
“There are three phases to a football game – offense, defense and special teams – and all three contributed to the win,” Lawrence said. “That’s what you strive for is to have all three phases be successful each week.”
Springtown (3-5, 2-1) is known for its offense and is averaging 464 yards per game, including a startling 200 yards per game on the ground. Its offense has produced 42 touchdowns in eight games.
The Porcupines are led by sophomore quarterback Landry Turner, head coach Brad Turner’s son who started at quarterback last year against the Rams.
Turner has completed 183 of 309 passes for 2,014 yards and 28 TDs. But he has also thrown 15 interceptions. Turner has three favorite targets in receivers Dylan Ray, Ryan Hester and Dillon Springfield. Ray leads the team with 43 catches for 449 yards and five touchdowns; Hester has the most yards with 488 on 38 catches including a team-high nine touchdown receptions; and Springfield has caught 38 passes for 374 yards and seven scores.