Texans face tight turn-around

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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A LITTLE MORE – Northwest’s Emmanuel Moore leans for extra yardage against Keller. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Northwest Texans started the district schedule just the way they needed to.

After taking a loss to Midlothian into the bye week, the Texans responded with a 35-7 win over Keller.

“That’s what I told the kids before the game,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said about the importance of the first district game. “It was a huge win, and the kids played hard.”

For the third time in their first five games, the Texans have to turn right around and get ready for a Thursday game this week.

Northwest (4-1, 1-0) battles Keller Fossil Ridge (1-3, 1-0) at Keller ISD Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fossil Ridge has struggled against some tough competition so far. They picked up their first win of the year against Richland last week.

“They will be all we want,” Patterson said. “They’ve played a good Hebron team and got beat on the last play against Grapevine.”

The Texans will have to stop a potent Panther passing game to have success. Fossil Ridge is averaging 210 passing yards per game and has two very dangerous receivers.

“We have to contain two of their receivers,” Patterson said. “Adonis Ramos and Anthony Ayala are very dangerous. If we don’t contain them it’s going to be a long night.”

Northwest could stop the Fossil Ridge offense with an offensive attack of their own. The Texans rushed for 261 yards last week against Keller. Dakota Chavis finished with 162 yards on the ground, and quarterback Draze Lawliss passed for 172 yards for a very balanced attack.

7:00 p.m. Thursday at Keller ISD Stadium

Northwest: Harris Rating 217

Notable: The Texans’ offense got back on track against Keller with 433 total yards last week.

Fossil Ridge: Harris Rating 208

Notable: The Panthers dropped their first three games before getting their first win against district foe Richland, 28-21.

Harris line: Fossil Ridge by 3

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