• Landon Hebert (45) attempts to make a play during Friday’s 34-21 loss at Mineral Wells. The Steers take will look for their first win of the season against Brownwood at Newton Field Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Leader photo by David Flynn

Steers stumble in second half to Rams

Despite another strong start for the second straight game, the Graham Steers were unable to sustain any sort of offensive rhythm in the second half on the road Friday night. Mineral Wells scored the final 20 points to take a 34-21 win over Graham.

After losing 13 in a row to the Steers, the Rams have now won two straight in the all-time series.

“It was a game we could have won,” said Steers head coach Kenny Davidson. “We just made too many mistakes. I told my team right after that they needed to keep their head up because we have to keep battling. They had 11 starters on defense that were seniors and 11 starters on offense that are now seniors. But, there comes a time where we can’t make excuses, because we were in that game with as many mistakes as we made tonight.

Graham had no trouble moving the ball down the field in the first half, and actually outgained Mineral Wells 323-311, but 124 yards in penalties proved to be a pivotal part of the outcome.

Running back Chase Gilmore continues to be one of the bright spots on offense. The senior led all rushers with 221 yards on 28 carries and accounted for all three Graham touchdowns, but was limited in the second half due to an injury.

With their go-to back out of action in the fourth quarter, the Steers had very little offensive output. Graham went three-andout in six of their eight second-half drives.

The Steers weren’t slowed by a steady rain to begin the contest, as the defense made a huge play right out of the gates.

Senior defensive tackle Klayton Read broke through the offensive line and recovered a loose ball after Mineral Wells quarterback Drew Huff botched the handoff exchange to his running back.

Graham sophomore quarterback Hunter Lanham and the offense needed just six plays to...

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