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The Mineral Wells Rams will likely face fifth-ranked Argyle this Friday without leading rusher A.J. Poole. Poole was injured in last week's 10-9 loss to Graham.

Before the season began, Mineral Wells High School head coach Chuck Lawrence circled two games on his schedule – Week 0 and Week 1. Games against Class 3A state runner-up Graham and 10th-ranked Argyle should more than prepare the Rams for a run at the postseason.

Mineral Wells heads into the second week of its Murderer's Row-like start on Friday night when they face Argyle in the friendly confines of Ram Stadium.

"We're starting the season with two very good teams," said Lawrence. "Argyle, like Graham, is a team that is going to be tough."

Argyle rolls into the 7:30 p.m. start with plenty of momentum. They defeated Lucas Lovejoy by a 17-14 margin. It could have been worse for Lucas Lovejoy. Argyle missed two field goals and threw an interception on another trip into the red zone.

The Eagles are led into the game by a massive offensive line and quarterback Austin Aune.

"They have a big offensive line," said Lawrence. "and they have some big receivers, too."

Aune guided Argyle to a 12-2 record last year by throwing for 1,328 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Offensive tackle Trey Keenan anchors the AHS line. He weighs in at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds.

Lawrence said the MWHS offense and defense should create some mismatches of their own. The Rams defense starred in last week's loss to Graham, allowing the Steers less than 300 total yards.

"We're going to do what we normally do," he said. "We feel like if we play the way we can, we can run with them. Our receivers can play with almost anyone."

The Rams' chore could be considerably tough this week with the injuries the team suffered in the loss to Graham. Mineral Wells could be without starting running back A.J. Poole and cornerback Joseph Wells.

Gilbert Castorena will start at the featured back role if Poole is unable to play.


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