Northwest will be trying to win its fourth straight opener when the season kicks off Friday.
The Texans host Grand Prairie Friday at 7:30 p.m.
After easily handling the Gophers a season ago, the Texans hope this is the beginning to another successful season. Northwest rolled to eight wins in 2012 before losing to Arlington Lamar in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
A lot of experience is back from last year’s postseason squad. After their only scrimmage last week, head coach Bill Patterson says his team looks good.
“We did a lot of good things,” Patterson said. “I was a little disappointed in the offensive line with some missed assignments, but overall things went well.”
Northwest entered spring football with a battle at quarterback. That competiton will continue into the early part of the season.
Jesse Drummer and Dusty Cloud both will get time behind the center Friday. Patterson may wait until district begins before he picks a full-time starter.
“We’ll see how each handle the game and the pressure,” Patterson said. “Neither one has ever started a [varsity] game before.”
Emmanuel Moore should take some pressure off any quarterback. The Texans will line up the junior in a variety of spots. Moore had nearly 700 all-purpose yards as a sophomore.
“We are going to get him the ball plenty,” Patterson said. “He will play a bunch of different spots.”
It should be a good game to get some experience. Grand Prairie won only two games last season and none the year before.
Northwest took care of them last year 42-17.
Patterson says the weather will play a factor in this year’s battle.
“It may come down to who can handle the heat,” Patterson said. “It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees Friday.”
GRAND PRAIRIE (0-0)
AT NORTHWEST (0-0)
at Northwest ISD Stadium
Northwest: Harris Rating 218
Notable: The Texans are still trying to sort out their quarterback battle heading into the opener.
Grand Prairie: Harris Rating 190
Notable: The Gophers are improving but still a couple of years away from making an big impact.
Harris line: Northwest by 28