It didn’t take long for the Northwest Texans to bounce back from their loss to Southlake. Northwest’s win over Timber Creek kept their strangle hold on second place in District 4-5A.The Texans (5-2, 4-1) will try to keep things rolling this week when they travel to take on the Richland Rebels (2-6, 0-5) at Birdville ISD Stadium Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Northwest still has other goals in front of them, but last week’s victory clinched a postseason spot.
“The kids came out and played great,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “We had a good week of practice and picked up a win to clinch the playoffs.”
The Texans came out of another contest healthy, which Patterson says has a lot to do with how his team is playing.
“When you’re winning you don’t have a lot of kids hurt,” Patterson said. “They want to get out there and keep things going.”
Since competing at the 5A level the Texans have never had an eight-win season. They can reach that goal with victories in their final two games.
Richland is the first obstacle in the way of Northwest’s goal. The Rebels are winless in district play, coming off a last-second loss to Keller Central, 24-21. It was the closest game they’ve had in league play. They are giving up 36.8 points per game to district opponents.
“They have struggled this year,” Patterson said. “They have a good running back and a good operator at quarterback. Defensively they will blitz every snap, so we have to handle the pressure.”
Northwest continues to dominate on the ground, averaging 203 rushing yards per game. They put up 353 rushing yards against Timber Creek, while holding the Falcons to only 205.
NORTHWEST (6-2, 4-1) AT RICHLAND (2-6, 0-5)
7:30 p.m. at Birdville ISD Stadium
NORTHWEST: Harris Rating 222
NOTABLE: The Texans need a win to maintain second place in District 4-5A
RICHLAND: Harris Rating 198
NOTABLE: The Rebels are only averaging 16 points per game.
HARRIS LINE: Northwest by 20