— By SALLY SEXTON
SPRINGTOWN — Appearing in their final regular-season game, the Springtown Porcupines put on a show for the home crowd, netting a 74-0 victory over the FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles.
“This was good for our seniors, playing at their last home game in this stadium,” Springtown head coach Brad Turner said. “Everybody got to play and everybody did their job.”
The Porcupines got the bulk of their points in the first half, using a potent mix of offense and defense to put numbers on the board. Springtown got its first points on a safety after tackling an Eagle in his own end zone. Less than a minute later, Pojo quarterback Landry Turner found Ryan Hester for a 6-yard touchdown after chewing up yardage on a 55-yard completion to Dillon Springfield earlier in the drive. Exactly 16 seconds later, the Porcupine defense came up with a big turnover again, with Evan Glesne’s 26-yard interception return for a touchdown, making the score 16-0 after Eric Avalos’ two extra-point kicks.
Springtown kept coming, driving from its own 17-yard line to score on Ryan Snow’s 1-yard carry with seven minutes left in the quarter. And Ricardo Reynoso came up with another Pojo pick-six, returning the Diamond Hill toss for 35 yards.
Five minutes later, the Porcupines found the end zone again, with Turner’s 11-yard connection to Dylan Ray. Fittingly, Springtown ended the first quarter on another defensive scoring play, blocking a Diamond Hill punt back into the Eagle end zone for a safety and a 39-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Landry would get another shot at the end zone before retiring to the sideline in the second half, finding Snow again, this time for a 10-yard touchdown. Avalos, who was perfect on the night, made it 46-0 to start the second quarter.
The offense, filled with some new faces, followed up with two touchdowns, one a 3-yard run by Tyler Hickman, and another on a 17-yard pass from Hickman to Springfield for a 60-0 score at the half.
Dawson Hinkley, taking over for Turner on offense, scored the last two touchdowns for Springtown, on runs of 10 and 20 yards, respectively.
The Porcupines, qualifying for the playoffs with a No. 2 seed, will face District 5-3A’s fourth seed Wichita Falls Hirschi Thursday at Memorial Stadium.
“We split time this week, putting half our focus on Diamond Hill, and the other half on Hirschi, because next week is going to be a short week,” Turner said. “We started this year 1-4 and we finished the district 4-1 so we’re peaking at the right time I think.
“We’d love to get a bi-district trophy.”