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September 6, 2013

Rams’ first road test today at Wichita Falls against Hirschi

By TONY EIERDAM

Hopefully, history can repeat itself.

Last year – in only his second varsity start – Mineral Wells quarterback Caleb Acosta rallied the Rams’ offense late with a game-winning touchdown strike in the contest’s final minutes in what would turn out to be a 27-22 victory.

The win gave the Rams’ offense confidence it could come back to win a game late, and it gave credibility to a young signal caller who was then just a sophomore.

The difference this year is the game is in Wichita Falls and will be the Rams first road test of the year.

The Rams and Hirschi Huskies will kick off at 7 p.m. (note the early start time) at Wichita Falls ISD’s historic Memorial Stadium.

The Huskies, coming off a 31-21 win over Bowie last week, are known for team speed. The Huskies are led by quarterback Terrance Cooper, who led the Huskies with 191 total yards, including a team-leading 68 on the ground.

Hirschi junior Cedric Battle led all HHS running backs with 59 yards on 12 carries, also catching a touchdown pass.

Hirschi also demonstrated it can score on special teams as Battle ran a punt back almost 50 yards for a touchdown.

Lawrence said the Rams (0-1) will have to keep the Huskies’ team speed in check.

“Watching them on film, they are just scary,” Lawrence said. “They have mega speed, and they have three receivers who can catch the ball and run.

“Their quarterback, Cooper, also plays on defense a little.

“He is a tremendous athlete. He is fast and throws the ball well.

“Battle is a fast back and dangerous. They have mega speed, and the key to the game for us will be trying to control their speed.

“They run a spread offense. They will line up with trips (three receivers), twins (two receivers), twins open with two backs, sometimes they get into a pro set.

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    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

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