Mineral Wells quarterback Ethan Oliver threw for almost 200 yards, and Anthony Hernandez had his most productive game on the ground as he rushed for more than 100 yards in a 66-7 loss to No. Springtown Friday night.
While it may seem hard to find positives in a loss like the Rams suffered, there indeed were some improvements in Mineral Wells’ offensive game.
It was the first varsity start for Oliver, who shook off a scary first possession and settled into running the offense. Oliver often faced a heavy defensive rush from the backside and managed to melt away from it on several occasions as he used his feet to get out of trouble.
Oliver’s poise showed up often as he stepped up inside the rush to buy himself extra time. The best step up Oliver made was by connecting with Jayce Holland on 40-yard scoring pass that met the receiver in full stride for the score.
It was the best night of the season for the Rams rushing the football as Hernandez gained 109 yards on 21 carries.
Coach Gerald Perry said before the game that he was going to mix things up a little because he wanted to keep his young team on track toward improvement. That meant taking chances like running at fake punt when the ball was at the Mineral Wells’ 15-yard line, which didn’t work well in the Rams’ favor and ended up in a Springtown touchdown one play later.
Ethan Marsh and Tristen Gray were Oliver’s top targets with each catching four passes for 37 and 40 yards, respectively.
The win-less Rams will be on the road again next week as they seek their first victory in Burkburnett. The Bulldogs lost 34-10 to Gainesville while No. 4 Decatur down WF Hirschi 40-28.