By TONY EIERDAM
A big story within the Mineral Wells High School football program in 2013 has been the success and talent of the Rams freshman team.
The Rams have complied a 7-2 record, including a 2-0 mark in District 6-3A play, and find themselves playing for a district championship in their final game of the season at home today.
The 2-0 Rams will host 2-0 Kennedale at 5 p.m. today at Ram Stadium with the district championship on the line.
The Rams have been paced by the brilliant quarterbacking work of Trent Guinn, who has relied on skill-position players Johnny Morales, Eduardo Rasberry and Cameron Weiss – just to name a few – to help put a lot of points on the board. The Rams’ defense has also played outstanding through the course of the season.
“This freshman bunch has done well all year,” Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “In non-district play they gave up 19 points early to Iowa Park and nearly came back and won, and their only other loss was to Aledo’s junior varsity “B” team. And these guys also beat Perrin’s JV.
“They have taken care of business and now find themselves in a district championship game at home against Kennedale.”
The Rams easily handled Lake Worth and Springtown, as have the Wildcats. The game will be a perfect measuring stick for the progress of the freshman team.
“I am very proud of this bunch,” Lawrence said. “They have worked very hard and they deserve to be playing for a district championship.”
Injury problems on varsity led to the MWHS coaching staff to pull up players from the JV, but the staff did not want to touch the freshman group.
“The freshman guys aren’t ready for varsity ball yet, but I am certain they could have handled playing on the JV,” Lawrence said. “In fact, when we didn’t have freshman games against Castleberry and Diamond Hill we split the freshman squad in half and they each played one game on the JV.
“But we felt like it would be better to keep the freshman group together and work them together. These guys have done a good job and their numbers are good.
“These kids like to play football, and knowing them they are probably just looking at the Kennedale game as just the next game on their schedule.
“These kids simply like to play football. It has been a tremendous class to coach.”
The Rams junior varsity will also host Kennedale in its finale. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.