Mistakes are the biggest enemy of any team. The Rams are 0-3 on the season due to mistakes, more mistakes and even more mistakes.
The 10-9 loss to Graham in the season opener was due to several mental mistakes by the Rams – and not just turnovers. The Rams, and their fans, have high hopes for quarterback Hunter McCoy. He proved himself last year as a sophomore and his junior year was expected to be a record-setting year. So far, McCoy has had problems with turnovers and way too many dropped passes from his receivers.
The Rams’ offensive line has done its part 90 percent of the time, but McCoy and the receivers are on Tony Romo and Roy Williams time. If McCoy is on target, the receivers have hands of stone. When he isn’t, defensive backs have a field day.
The junior quarterback has six interceptions on the year and one touchdown, a perfect 15-yarder to Tamarkus Carter against Glen Rose. The Rams' offense must overcome its mistakes if they plan to make a playoff run. There is no doubt that the local team has met tough competition in their first two outings, but good teams don’t beat themselves and the Rams have done just that in two of the three. The next two games will test the Rams once again.
Castorena turns in solid performances
Taking the place of injured running back A.J. Poole, sophomore Gilbert Castorena turned in a stellar performance in the Rams' 47-20 loss to Argyle and was also effective in the Rams' 17-10 loss to Glen Rose on Friday. Against Argyle, he rushed 25 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of and 36 yards. Against Glen Rose, Castorena had 11 carries for 52 yards.
For the season, he has 43 carries for 201 yards.
Secondary becomes a big concern
After Argyle exposed the Rams' weakness on the deep threat, Glen Rose took the shorter route and was just as successful. Glen Rose quarterback Frank Brandenburg burned Mineral Wells through the air and on the ground. The Tiger QB completed 15 of 27 passes for 195 yards and both Tiger touchdowns.
Only bright spot was a Rose
Dylan Rose took over the punting duties Friday for injured punter Cody Barrack. Rose did more running than punting. He had two fake punts to rush for 57 yards and two first downs that kept drives alive.