Granbury is a much-improved football team, and should chalk up this encounter with Aledo as a learning tool in preparing for a postseason run, because despite their efforts, the Pirates will not likely be able to chalk this one up as a win.
Springtown at Mineral Wells
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Ram Stadium
3801 Ram Blvd., Mineral Wells
Type: District 6-3A contest
Last year: Springtown 47 Mineral Wells 6
Mineral Wells Rams (1-7, 1-2)
Last season: 5-5 overall, 2-3 in District 6-3A
Last week: Beat FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 58-0
Players to watch: QB Caleb Acosta (6-1, 190, 4.8); LB Josh Hardee (5-11, 190, 4.7); RB Dashawn Hicks; WR Colby Kissinger.
Springtown Porcupines (3-5, 2-1)
Last season: 6-5 overall, 4-1 in District 6-3A
Class 3A, Div. II, bi-district finalist.
Last week: Beat Castleberry, 56-8
Players to watch: LB Kolyn Waldrop (6-1, 225, 4.7), WR Ryan Hester (6-0, 190, 4.8), DB Collin Rector (5-7, 160, 4.7), RB Ryan Snow (6-1, 170, 4.6), WR Dillon Springfield (6-1, 160, 4.4), QB Landry Turner (5-10, 165), WR Dylan Ray (5-11, 160, 4.8).
Game notes: Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis was the right team at the right time for Mineral Wells last week, as the Rams were staring at the business end of an “oh-fer” season until they met up with the Eagles. The competition gets stiffer again on Friday, and though a daunting prospect considering the Porcupines’ gun-slinging offense, the Rams are hoping to turn back the clock to turn the tables on Springtown.
During its lean years of Class 4A, the Rams had trouble winning in a tough district slate, but apparently had Springtown’s number, topping Pojo three years running.
Whatever the magic spell was then, Mineral Wells will try to cast it again this year, just a few hours removed from the mystique of Halloween Night.
With its offensive output showing few signs of letting up through the balance of the district schedule, Springtown’s defense hopes it has found a foothold with its performances over the past two weeks, yielding a lone touchdown in each game.