SPRINGTOWN — After a miserable second half last week vs. Kennedale, Springtown Coach Brad Tuner saw Friday night’s game with Castleberry not so much as a statement game, but a must-win contest.
The Porcupines, who hadn’t been home since Sept. 21, rolled up 485 yards and had a defensive shutout pitched until the final play of the game, in a 59-7 win over the visiting Lions. With the victory, Springtown evens its 6-3A record at 1-1 (3-4 overall) while Castleberry drops to 0-2 and 2-5.
Turner said his squad just did not come out well in the second half versus Kennedale, a game which the Wildcats scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 48-17 win.
With Lake Worth’s 39-14 road win vs. Mineral Wells, next week’s game in Lake Worth takes on much more of a significance.
“It’s a big game with them,” Turner said. “We’ll be ready.”
Pojo scored all the points it would need barely nine minutes into the game as Tyler Robertson’s 1-yard run and an 18-yard pass from Landry Turner to Ryan Hester staked the hosts to a 14-0 lead.
Castleberry had problems with snapping throughout the night, six bad snaps hurting the Lions on sustained drives. The visitors drove to the Springtown 26 early in the second quarter when a fourth down pass was picked off by Nick Keith and returned 72 yards for another score and the rout was on.
Three more second quarter touchdowns, including a pair of strikes from Turner to Dylan Ray in the final three minutes, extended the lead to 42-0 at the half. The Pojo defense, aided by another Keith interception in Springtown territory, did an outstanding job in keeping Castleberry bottled up in its end of the field for most of the night, allowing just 224 yards (112 each rushing and passing).