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Northwest ends spring workouts; Texans still look to fill voids in off season

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, May 25, 2013

After enjoying a trip to the postseason last fall, the Northwest Texans hope to keep the good times going in 2013.

NICE GRAB - Northwest's Emmanuel Moore makes a catch across the middle Wednesday during the Texans' annual spring game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

NICE GRAB – Northwest’s Emmanuel Moore makes a catch across the middle Wednesday during the Texans’ annual spring game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Texans ended their spring season Wednesday with their annual spring game at Northwest ISD Stadium, with the Red squad defeating the White team 14-3.

Northwest missed out on their first-ever playoff win in November with a 37-30 loss to Arlington Lamar. But the experience of making the playoffs is carrying over to 2013.

“They got a taste of it, they understand it and they enjoy it,” Coach Bill Patterson said. “They like getting better. Who wouldn’t like to go play in Cowboy Stadium?”

To get that level of success back, the Texans will need to fill a few voids left by the graduating class. That senior group led the Texans to eight wins – the most they’ve had as a Class 5A program, and a second-place finish in a very competitive District 4-5A.

“We got a whole lot done,” Patterson said about the spring. “We’ve come a long way since day one through today.”

Most eyes will be on the battle at quarterback. Draze Lawliss graduated, and Dusty Cloud and Jessie Drummer are the two front-runners to take the reins.

Both played for the White team Wednesday with neither throwing a touchdown pass.

Cloud did lead his squad to their only three points with a field goal to end the first quarter.

Tyler Norton, who quarterbacked the Red squad, led his group to two scores.

“Our quarterback race is going to go on all the time,” Patterson said. “Both guys are neck-and-neck, and it will depend on what they do through the summer.

“No matter what level it is [football] it goes all year round. We’ve got plenty of time to get things going with 7-on-7, weights and voluntary workouts [before the fall.]”

The Texan defense was the pride of Northwest last year and looks to be strong again after a good spring. The group rated as one of the top-five defenses in the Metroplex in 2012.

“We are excited about the linebackers with Duke Kicinski and Jacob Parker,” Patterson said. “In the secondary, we have four or five guys back that have played some.

“Joe Gonzales and Lonnie McKinnis played quite a bit up front last year, so we’re excited about having all those guys back.” With a lot of starters already set, Patterson says there are a few reserve roles that still need to be filled.

“We have a couple of back-up spots that we need to solidify,” Patterson said. “We are progressing like we should. We’ve got to be ready because we play in a very tough district.”

POSITION BATTLE - Northwest's Dusty Cloud looks for room to run during the spring game Wednesday. Cloud is battling for the starting quarterback job for the Texans. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

POSITION BATTLE – Northwest’s Dusty Cloud looks for room to run during the spring game Wednesday. Cloud is battling for the starting quarterback job for the Texans. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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