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Texans attempt to upend state-ranked Southlake

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

FINDING A HOLE – Northwest’s Dakota Chavis looks for running room against Haltom. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Northwest continues to find a way to win. The Texans picked up their third straight district victory as they eye a spot in the post season.

Northwest (5-1, 3-0) travels to No. 7 Southlake Carroll (5-1, 3-0) Friday at Dragon Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

A last-second field goal lifted the Texans past Haltom last week and they hope to ride that momentum to an upset of Southlake, the defending state champion.

“It was a big win for us,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said about the Haltom victory. “We didn’t play that great but still won. It was a game we needed to win – and we did.”

Northwest has put themselves in a great position with four games left on the schedule. An upset against one of the top teams in the state would just be icing on the cake.

To get the job done the Texans have to contain Texas A&M commit Kenny Hill. He has thrown for 1,326 yards this season and has rushed for 561.

“We have to tackle their quarterback,” Patterson said. “He’s a perennial all-state player that’s committed to an SEC school. We’ve got to attack him and get him to the ground.”

Offensively Northwest must establish a run game that has been absent of late. The Texans only came up with 104 yards on the ground against Haltom.

“We have got to establish a running game,” Patterson said. “We’ve been average at best running the ball.”

Northwest is looking forward to playing one of the state’s best programs.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Patterson explained about playing at Dragon Stadium. “We will have to play hard to have a chance. It will be a packed stadium. It will be a fun atmosphere.”

CATCH AND RUN – Northwest’s Chase Morrison finds open space after making a catch against Haltom and scores the Texans’ second touchdown and putting the team in the lead. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

NORTHWEST (5-1, 3-0) AT SOUTHLAKE (5-1, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

NORTHWEST: Harris Rating 222

NOTABLE: The Texans defense is only giving up 13.3 points per game.

SOUTHLAKE: Harris Rating 253

NOTABLE: Southlake quarterback Kenny Hill is the son of former Texas Ranger pitcher Ken Hill and is a Texas A&M commit.

HARRIS LINE: Southlake by 37

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