The Northwest Texans began their march back to the postseason Monday with the start of two-a-day workouts.
Northwest finished second in District 4-5A in 2012 before falling in the bi-district round.
“It was a good first day,” head coach Bill Patterson said. “The weather cooperated, and everybody showed up. We got two practices in, and it looks like we’ll get a break in the weather later this week.”
The first four days, the Texans will practice in T-shirts and helmets before putting on pads Friday. They start a bit later than other squads because of spring football for Class 5A programs.
“We’ll work on a lot of fundamentals and offensive and defensive schemes,” Patterson said about the first few days. “We also spend a lot of time on the kicking game each day.”
A lot of experienced players return on each side of the ball, but the main focus will be trying to find a new quarterback, after the graduation of Draze Lawliss.
Dusty Cloud and Jessie Drummer battled it out during spring workouts for the starting job, and Patterson said that competition will continue until after the only scrimmage – a week from Saturday.
Emmanuel Moore will be back to play receiver and running back. He combined for 760 total yards and six touchdowns in 2012.
The defense has the potential to be another strong unit this season. Six starters are back including Samuel Jackson who had 36 tackles and seven interceptions last year. Duke Kicinski and Joe Gonzalez return to anchor the defensive line after combining for 79 tackles last season.
The Texans had 65 varsity kids report on the first day, 75 for the junior varsity and 110 freshmen.
Northwest will hold an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday morning before hosting their only scrimmage Aug. 23 against O.D. Wyatt.
They open the regular season Aug. 30 at home against Grand Prairie.