Whatever was said during halftime of Springtown’s game with Mineral Wells Friday will remain under lock-and-key for eternity.
With the Porcupines taking a 13-6 lead into the locker room, which could have been tied save for a Ram interception return callback, the Senior Night hosts decided to be very unwelcoming in the second half. Pojo used a 28-point third quarter to pull away and clinch a playoff spot with a 47-6 victory.
Springtown Coach Brad Turner declined comment on exactly what transpired at the break, appearing glad just to ‘get out of Dodge’ with the win, which brought the Porcupines to 3-1 in District 6-3A and 5-4 overall.
“First time I’ve beaten those guys,” Turner said while looking at the Rams talking things over after the game. “It’s kind of nice being able to make plans for the playoffs and it’s a blessing to play in two weeks.”
Whatever they were, senior Tyler Robertson appeared to take his mentor’s words to heart, getting the second half off to a rip-roaring start with a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown. Javier Reynoso tacked on the extra point with just 13 seconds elapsed in the period.
The Pojo defense, which had allowed 10 first downs and 158 total yards in the first two quarters, forced a three and out on the initial Ram series of the third. Springtown used a 17-yard pass from Landry Turner to Dylan Ray and a 19-yard Robertson jaunt to move into Ram territory on the next possession.
On fourth-and-eight from the Ram 18, Turner found a wide open Caleb Whiteman coming across the center of the field for the score to extend the lead to 27-6.
Whiteman had a key special teams play on the ensuing kickoff, pouncing on a ball the Mineral Wells returner just let die in front of him at the two. Colby Moore scored on a keeper on the next play and the rout was on with 6:13 left in the third.