SANGER—Mineral Wells jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead only to see it all slip away in the second half as Sanger mounted a huge comeback to ring up a 50-38 win over the Rams Friday night.
The Rams (0-3) started out on fire as quarterback Braden Fryer completed 10-11 passing for three touchdowns in the first two quarters.
Mineral Wells marched the opening kickoff down the field on a sustained 75-yard drive capped by Fryers’ eight-yard scoring pass to Ethan Marsh. Tight end Landon Russell was Fryer’s next scoring target on a 21-yard scoring pass and Brayden Hinojos made it a trifecta when he caught Fryer’s next touchdown strike for an eight-yard score.
Fyrers three scores were sandwiched around a 36-yard field goal from Marvin Renteria who was also good on all three of his extra-point kicks in the half.
Cornerback Charles Carter gave Mineral Wells a 31-7 lead when he picked off a Rylan Smart pass a returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
While the first half may have belonged to the Rams – the second half belonged to the Indians who bull-rushed for more than 300 yards on the ground with three running backs rushing for more than 100 yards each.
As good as the Rams offense was in the first half it appeared Mineral Wells was going to run away with the contest; however, the Indians’ second half adjustments led to four turnovers by the Rams.
The Rams were only able to come up with one touchdown in the second half as Tristan Gray broke free down the sideline and gathered in a 64-yard pass from Fryer.
Mineral Wells has a week to regroup before hosting Iowa Park for homecoming. Next week’s game activities will also include the induction of five new members to the Mineral Wells High School Hall of Fame prior to the kickoff.