Below is a recap of five major highlights of Springtown football’s 2018 season.
Springtown opens season with 32-point win
Class 5A, DI’s Arlington Heights ended up on the receiving end of a 38-6 loss to Class 4A Springtown in week one of last season, the first of five 30-plus point wins for the latter in 2018.
The Porcupines scored 35 unanswered points through the first three quarters, making the most of a formidable defensive effort by Springtown which kept its opponent off the board until the final frame.
Porcupines push early season win-streak to four games
Springtown defeated non-district opponents Arlington Heights (38-6), Sanger (61-0), Glen Rose (49-43) and Kennedale (30-0) by a combined mark of 178-49, a harbinger of things to come later in district play.
The Porcupines dominated three of those four opponents, while still managing to put up 500-plus yards of offense in their tight game versus Glen Rose.
Springtown dominates in district opener
Springtown shook off a 35-29 loss to Graham in the former’s final non-district game of 2018 with a stellar performance against the squad’s first District 4-4A, DI opponent Mineral Wells.
The Porcupines put an end to a five-game Rams’ win streak, handing the latter their first loss of the year.
Converting 50 percent (8-of-16) on late downs compared to 27 percent (3-of-11) by Mineral Wells, Springtown came out on top of a contest which featured nearly 1,000 combined yards of offense and almost 40 first downs.
Hulett lead Porcupines to fifth-straight playoff berth
Springtown Head Football Coach Brian Hulett had led his team to the postseason each year since taking over ahead of the 2014 season.
Hulett extended that mark of consecutive postseason appearances to five in 2018, as Springtown finished 4-1 in district play en route to a bi-district matchup with Hereford.
Granted, the team was eliminated from postseason contention after the first-round matchup went to overtime and the Whitefaces held on for a 34-31 win.
Along the way, the Porcupines picked up three-straight wins to open district (Mineral Wells 42-21, Decatur 75-35 and Gainesville 72-20).
After a 55-37 loss to Wichita Falls Hirschi dropped the team to 3-1 in district, Springtown responded with a 56-33 win over Burkburnett to close out the regular season.
Porcupines take home 19 all-district honors
The Porcupines’ 2018 efforts were rewarded with 19 all-district selections.
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