— By TONY EIREDAM
MINERAL WELLS — Springtown broke open a tight game with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half as the Porcupines outlasted the scrappy Mineral Wells Rams in a District 6-3A matchup at Ram Stadium Friday, 35-19.
The win raises the Porcupines’ district mark to 3-1 and 4-5 overall, while the Rams drop to 1-3 in league play and 1-8 overall.
The playoff-bound Porcupines will conclude district play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at home against Fort Worth Diamond Hill.
It was a seesaw affair in a game that saw five lead changes in the first 2-1/2 quarters.
Mineral Wells had just taken a 19-14 lead on a four-yard keeper by junior quarterback Caleb Acosta with 5:22 left to play in the third quarter before the Porcupines came roaring back.
A long kickoff return brought the ball to the MW 44, where quarterback Landry Turner needed just one play for the Porcupines to take the lead for good.
Turner, who missed the second quarter and taking a hard sack late in the opening period, threw a perfect spiral to receiver Dillon Springfield, who cradled the pass in stride down the middle of the field for a 44-yard touchdown. Springfield booted the extra point to give the Porcupines a 21-91 lead.
The Springtown defense went to work and forced the Rams to punt.
Just before the third quarter ended, sophomore running back Fisher Drewry scored his third touchdown on the ground in the game on a three-yard blast. Eric Avalos added the PAT kick to extend the Porcupines’ lead to 28-19.
Springtown closed the scoring with 6;22 left to play on a one-yard touchdown run by Ryan Snow, with Avalos adding the PAT.
Turner and junior quarterback Tyler Hickman combined to complete 21 of 34 passes for 184 yards. But Springtown showed excellent balance offensively as it rushed for 188 yards, with Drewry leading the way with three scores – he also had TD runs of 14 and 2 yards, respectively – while scooting 73 yards on 15 carries. Snow led the Porcupines on the ground in yardage with 82 yards on 20 totes.