FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis
Time: 7 p.m., Thursday
Site: Farrington Field
1501 University Drive, Fort Worth
Type: District 6-3A match
Last year: Did not play
Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles (0-9, 0-4)
Last year: 0-10 overall, 0-4 in District 6-3A
Last week: Lost to Castleberry, 53-0
Players to watch: RB Zeith Ortiz-Perez, QB Sammy Gonzalez, OL/LB Raul Baeza.
Springtown Porcupines (5-4, 3-1)
Last week: Beat Mineral Wells, 47-6.
Players to watch: DE/TE Bryson Burtnett (6-5, 225, 4.6), QB Colby Moore, RB Tyler Robertson, DL Kolyn Waldrop, WR Caleb Whiteman, P/K/ WR Javier Reynoso
Game notes: Sometimes teams just get into a funk. Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis (0-9) is in one of those bad streaks, to put it mildly. Last week, in its 53-0 loss to Castleberry (3-6), the Eagles netted total offense of less than 40 yards and failed to complete a pass. And the whole season has not been much better for the beseiged squad.
DH-J last tasted victory in September, 2010. Since beating Dallas Jefferson, the Eagles have suffered an 0-26 stretch. In District 6-3A play, Diamond Hill has yet to cross the goal line.
Springtown, on the other hand, is on an upsurge. Making a clear statement to Mineral Wells last Friday that the Rams-over-Porcupines spell is broken, Pojo has taken care of business each week since their second-half meltdown in the opening district game at Kennedale.
Springtown has won its three district contests since then by an average score of 55-8, with the defense approaching the level of play head coach Brad Turner has expected of the group. Josh White (LB), Thomas Loving (DE) and James Teddar (LB) combined efforts against the Rams for 22 tackles (5 for losses) and a sack.
Pojo’s offense has exploded during the 3-game stretch for more than 1,350 yards, with a 53 to 47 percent ratio in a very balanced attack.
The Porcupines should have an opportunity to take care of business again — early in the contest on Thursday — and give its starters plenty of spectator time to assure rest and health for postseason.