BURKBURNETT -- Tristan Gray caught nine passes for 146 yards and a touchdown as Mineral Wells continued to show offensive improvement while still searching for its first win of 2019 in a 54-28 loss to Burkburnett Friday night.
The Rams (0-6) started with an early lead but couldn’t keep up against the Bulldogs (3-4) as Burkburnett turned four turnovers into 28 points.
Junior quarterback Ethan Oliver made his second straight start for the Rams and continued to have success running the Mineral Wells’ offense as he passes for 201 yards on 12-22-2 passing and a touchdown.
Oliver delivered on the money to Gray for a dynamic 72-yard score that proved the young Rams might have been down, but they were not out – nor were they giving up no matter what the score.
Coach Gerald Perry platooned Oliver and Braden Fryer, who also lined up at tight end and running back as the Rams ran an off-set wildcat offense targeting a heavy right-side rush at the Bulldogs.
Fryer ran for 20 yards, caught a seven-yard pass and was 8-12 passing with a two-yard scoring pass to Jayce Holland. Holland had a solid night catching six passes for 68 yards,
Anthony Hernandez came up with the bulk of Mineral Wells’ rushing yardage with 13 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams rushed for 129 yards as a team.
Defensively, the Rams allowed 312 yards rushing and 214 passing. Almost a third of the Bulldogs’ rushing yards came on a single 96-yard non-scoring play.
Elsewhere in District 4-4A, No. 4 Decatur (7-0) survived a scare against No. 7 Springtown (6-1) as the Eagles downed the Porcupines 38-31. Gainesville remained undefeated in another tight game with the Leopards beating WF Hirschi 24-21.
Be sure and pick up a copy of the Wednesday's edition of the Mineral Wells Index for a more in-depth story and comments from Coach Perry.