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.
Nick Keith’s interception, the first of three second half turnovers forced by Pojo, would set up a 32-yard scoring drive capped off by Robertson’s two-yard run. Mineral Wells would get just two first downs and 69 total yards in the final two quarters. Juniors Evan Glesne and Josh White would come through with an interception and fumble recovery, respectively, to snuff out the Rams in the fourth quarter.
Springtown used a turnover on downs deep in Ram territory to score on sophomore Ryan Snow’s four-yard run two plays into the final stanza. Despite not having a carry in the first three quarters, Snow would lead the team in rushing with 56 yards in the contest.
Robertson opened the scoring with a four-yard run. Mineral Wells came right back and capped an 83-yard series with Josh Hardee breaking a pair of tackles on his way to a 30-yard scoring jaunt. Pojo did the Rams two yards better on the next possession, marching 85 yards in 11 plays with Turner and Dylan Ray combining on the 23-yard touchdown strike with seven minutes to go in the first half.
The Porcupines will close the regular season with a short week, playing Diamond Hill-Jarvis Thursday evening at Fort Worth’s Farrington Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Springtown 47 Mineral Wells 6
Mineral Wells 0 6 0 0 — 6
Springtown 6 7 28 6 — 47
SHS — Tyler Robertson 4 run (kick failed)
MWHS — Josh Hardee 30 run (kick failed)
SHS — Dylan Ray 23 pass from Landry Turner (Javier Reynoso kick)
SHS — Robertson 92 kickoff return (Reynoso kick)
SHS — Caleb Whiteman 18 pass from Turner (Reynoso kick)
SHS — Colby Moore 2 run (Reynoso kick)
SHS — Robertson 2 run (Reynoso kick)
SHS — Ryan Snow 4 run (kick failed)
Team Stats MW SHS
First Downs 12 25
Rushes-Yards 37-159 41-149
Passing Yards 68 231
Comp-Att-Int 9-19-2 16-26-0
Total Yards 227 380
Penalties-Yards 4-40 4-45
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0
Punts-Avg. 3-41.8 3-36.3
Rushing — MW: Castorena 25-109, Hardee 3-33; SHS: Snow 9-56, Robertson 15-48
Passing — MW: Acosta 9-19-2, 68 yards;
SHS: Turner 8-11-0, 141 yards, Moore 7-14-0, 75 yards
Receiving — MW: Bennett 3-21, Martinez 2-12, Castorena 2-11; SHS: Robertson 3-62, Ray 3-47, Hester 3-37