— By BRIAN SMITH
SPRINGTOWN — After losing its District 6-3A opener two weeks ago to Kennedale, Springtown has turned up its defense a notch the past two weeks.
The Porcupines allowed eight points in a win over Castleberry last week and bettered that Friday night, allowing 139 yards and seven points in a 49-7 victory over Lake Worth. With the win, Springtown improves to 2-1 in district play (3-5 overall) while the Bullfrogs drop to 2-1, 5-3.
Porcupines head coach Brad Turner said his defense may have finally turned the corner after a season-long struggle.
“This is the second straight week our defense has played well and we have to play good defense in order to go a few rounds deep into the postseason,” Turner said. “If we can keep playing good defense, and have our offense, which I think is one of the best in Texas with our depth, we’re going to be okay.”
The Porcupines allowed 139 total yards and sacked Bullfrog quarterback Kelton Versey five times. Robert Dease led the charge with a fumble recovery and a sack while Dillon Springfield added two sacks.
After being forced to punt on its opening series, Springtown scored on its next two drives with Landry Turner firing scoring strikes to Dylan Ray and Springfield to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first.
Following a fumble recovery by the visitors, Versey scored from 18 yards out to cut the deficit to 14-7. It would be as close as the ‘Frogs would get, however, with Turner firing his third TD pass of the quarter, this one to Ryan Hester late in the frame and the rout was on. Hester led all receivers with 132 yards on eight catches.
Despite the offensive outburst, Turner said the offense was “sloppy” in the game, with several dropped balls. Landry Turner was 27-39 for 287 yards in the game and six touchdowns. A balanced attack put up 204 yards on the ground, led by Turner’s 85 steps, with running back Ryan Snow adding 79 on 13 carries.
The Porcupines hit the road Friday for Mineral Wells, who won its first game of the year Friday night over Diamond Hill-Jarvis. Game time is 7:30 p.m.