The Northwest Texans got a much-needed win last week against Haltom to move back over the .500 mark in District 4-5A.
They need all the cushion they can get with a tough Southlake Carroll team on the horizon Friday night.
The No. 8 ranked Carroll Dragons (5-1, 3-0) will take on the Texans (5-1, 2-1) Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Carroll humbled the Texans last season after Northwest had started league play undefeated. The 45-0 loss was the only league loss the Texans suffered in 2012.
“They are a really good team,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “What they do isn’t complicated, but what they do – they do it very well.
“They are well-coached and their kids play hard.”
Carroll’s only loss this season was a 49-27 setback in their season opener to top-ranked Allen. The Dragons offer a balanced attack, averaging 273 yards rushing and 252 passing.
Patterson says their offense is scary if you don’t contain it.
“Their ability to score points is a big concern,” Patterson said. “We have to be ready for that and move the ball on offense.”
Northwest will be one of the toughest defenses Carroll has faced since Allen. The Texans are allowing 164 rushing yards per game and only 18 points.
The Dragons haven’t scored fewer than 27 points in a game all season – and have put up at least 38 points in each of their wins.
“We can’t get down early. We’ve got to go play early and often,” Patterson said. “Our kids know the situation. They know this a great opportunity to play a nationally acclaimed program.”
SOUTHLAKE (5-1, 3-0) AT NORTHWEST (5-1, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium
Northwest: Harris Rating 228
Notable: The Texans lost 45-0 to the Dragons last season.
Carroll: Harris Rating 251
Notable: The Dragons are averaging over 500 yards of offense per game.
Harris line: Carroll by 31