A scoreless second half turned out to be Northwest’s downfall as the Texans dropped a bi-district playoff game to Arlington Lamar by a 36-29 margin at Birdville Athletic Complex Friday night.
It was an eventful first quarter as both teams scored 14 points. Northwest got on the board first thanks to a 37-yard pass from Jesse Drummer to Chase Morrison.
Lamar answered with a 77-yard run, but the Texans would regain the lead with another Drummer touchdown pass, this time with Emmanuel Moore on the receiving end of a 27-yarder. Chris Hamilton tacked on the PAT following both Texan touchdowns.
But Lamar would strike again – this time through the air from eight yards out to tie it at 14.
Northwest came back to own a halftime lead as they outscored the Vikings 15-7 in the second frame. A one-yard run by Quentin Thorpe, followed by a Duke Kicinski run for the conversion made it 22-14.
After Lamar answered, Northwest scored again with another Drummer-to-Morrison hookup of 19 yards and it was 29-21 at the break.
But that turned out to be the Texans’ last score.
The third quarter saw nothing but zeros on the scoreboard as neither team could find the end zone. Unfortunately for Northwest, they hung up another zero in the final frame while Lamar found 15 points to plate their winning margin.
A Shane Buechele nine-yard pass to Landry Bray, followed by a two-point conversion on a Buechele pass to Alex Baird, tied the game.
A Buechele run from 14 yards out put an end to Northwest’s season, leaving them still waiting for that first-ever playoff victory.
For the Texans, Drummer went 23-of-37 passing for 292 yards with three touchdowns with one interception. Dennis Adrole led the Texans’ rushing attack with 50 yards on 14 carries while Moore had the receiving high with 13 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown.
The loss closed Northwest’s season with an overall record of 8-3.